A series of objects lined up on the floor.

Tanja Geis

Affiliate, 2018 - 2019
Affiliate, 2017 - 2018
Affiliate, 2016 - 2017
Graduate Fellowships, 2015

The artist in a red room with gray objects hanging from the celing around them.

Artist Statement

Drawing on the materials and metaphors of the shoreline and ocean, I make large paintings, sculptural installations, and video that explore the generative potential of liminal spaces, disrupted perspectives, and mongrel forms. Influenced by post-humanism, eco-psychology, phenomenology, and my work in coastal and marine management, my practice aspires to a radical acceptance that the human, if deeply observed, becomes indistinguishable from the non-human. My works are tools that help me befriend this deep entanglement and, perhaps, imagine a new eco-relational ethic.

While At Headlands

While at Headlands I will spend a lot of time wading the intertidal zone and holding my breath for increasingly long periods underwater. Through drawing, collection, and video I hope to articulate what emerges from that experience.