Tamara Van San works with materials such as clay, synthetic gypsum and fiberglass. Considering her sculptural work as an expression of identity, she emphasises the importance of the sculptural act, allowing her practice to be led by the possibilities and limitations of the materials she uses. The handmade objects she produces do not operate within a linguistic or pictorial framework, nor can they be considered purely abstract or geometric. Rather they occupy an ‘organic grey area’, encouraging a multiplicity of interpretations from the viewer.
During her residency at Gasworks Van San will continue her work on a set of tower-shaped sculptures based upon Chinese Scholar Stones. These naturally occurring rocks were formed by erosion and are appreciated for their subtleties of colour and unique shapes, markings and surfaces, as well as the sounds they produce. Using these intriguing geological artefacts as a reference, Van San’s work will contrast Western artistic traditions based on revealing shape through light with Eastern (Chinese) aesthetic traditions more concerned with evocations of life and movement.
Tamara Van San lives and works in Appleterre. Recent exhibitions include Of the sea, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham (2016); Indian Shuffle, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, (2014); We’ve Plumbed This Whole Neighbourhood, Lido, St. Leonards on Sea, UK (2011); The Wandering Tube Method, S.M.A.K., Ghent; and The Motley Crew, Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, (both 2010).
Tamara Van San's residency is supported by Kunsten en Erfgoed and is hosted in the Juan Yarur Torres Residency Studio.