Snuggle Up with Candice Tarnowski
After taking a tour through Candice Tarnowski’s works on her website, reading that she was born in the Canadian Prairie seemed almost obvious. Tarnowski’s media – textile and installation – are rooted both in the highly cerebral and in the very basic quest for comfort, it seems. We found ourselved overtaken by this comfort, by soft textile and the idea of home. It is precisely this notion that provides the conceptual and aesthetic foundation for Candice. She eloquently explains her practice in her website, and she is, of course, the best reference. Below, some more of Tarnowski’s work and some of her own words.
“My practice is guided by a concern with material and essential existence and the thin thread that connects them. I’m interested in the simple ability of the imagination to digest and transcend contradictory aspects of daily activities by way of settling on and sinking into an object, a drawing, an installation. Each work attempts to articulate a sparked second of transcendence through a depiction of impossibility and the demonstration of tedious, repetitive gestures. In this impossible place smallness becomes giant and a moment that is lost easily and likely never to be found is rendered. In that moment, caught in the periphery, a world is born. It is a kind of noplace -where one can be lost and try to locate while recognizing being lost as a place. That these activities cause psychological ambivalence is essential to the materiality, process and scale of the work.”
[Note: All images were taken from Candice Tarnowski’s website, from several of her series. Many thanks to her]