Tatiana Blass currently lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Her residency is a result of a partnership between Gasworks and PIPA.
Tatiana Blass works across mediums – painting, installation, sculpture, photography, collage, video and found objects – yet feels she doesn't distinguish between materials, in that the forms works take are dictated by the concept. What these works do share is a strong sense of the poetic and the mysterious, for Blass feels the main purpose of art is to open up new perceptions of the world and understandings of our relationship to it.
Although painting has been the constant throughout her career, Blass evidently has a strong interest in theatrics with such elements being part of her practice since 2007, when she staged her first theatrical performance entitled Deceit is the luck of the contented.
Though her sculptural and performance works the physical state of objects is often shifted and normative function muted, whilst in others feelings and sounds and the invisible can become material. This play is evident in such works as Half of the Speech is on the Ground - drums and a year later Deaf Piano, where paraffin wax is poured into the said musical instruments until they are rendered silent.
Blass' intends to spend her residency in the UK deepening her relationship with theater as an artistic medium, specifically working with the dramatic technique Corporal Mime. As part of this process she will be developing a performance piece to be premiered at Gasworks towards the end of her residency (please see the events section for further details).
Solo exhibitions include Accident, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Portugal (2011), Endgame, Brazil Bank Cultural Center, Brazil (2011), Blind Dog, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Brazil (2009), and Dead Zone, Maria Antonia Cultural Center, Brazil (2007). Selected group exhibitions; The First Ten Years, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2011), Invisible Maps, Caixa Cultural São Paulo, Brazil (2011), Miami-Basel Art Fair, Galeria Millan, Basel, Swiss; Miami; US (2010), and Collection MAM-BA | 50 years of Brazilian Art, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (2009).
PIPA is a partnership between Investidor Profissional (IP) and the Museum of Modern Art Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). Established in 2010, it seeks to award and promote artists whose practice is considered significant within both the Brazilian and international art market.