‘The best, the definition for 'nomad' is that it is a kind of human mind that is less attached’. - French anthropologist, Romaine Simenel
Tanya Alexandra Richards uses the metaphor of the nomad to simultaneously emphasise her own mental and physical movements and the improvised action of the body’s rhythmic motion in space. Enter Nomadic Movement and lose self-consciousness through embracing the invitation for imagination and corporeal encounters through a space of intensities: lights, shadows, forms, reflections, positive and negative structures. Fascinated by chiaroscuro, or the intense contrast of light, Richards creates sensations to embrace the viewer in a fusion of the multi-sensory experiences and a personal response to the architecture of the gallery space.
About the artist:
Dr Tanya Alexandra Richards was born and raised in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of Northern China. She undertook her PhD at Sydney College of the Arts in 2021 and has exhibited with both her installation and ceramic based works across NSW and Taiwan. Now residing on the Central Coast, her works pay homage to her nomadic roots and the intersection of this ancient way of life with the contemporary world.
Image: Tanya Alexandra Richards, Nomadic Movement 2021 (detail)
Official opening event Friday 14 April 2023, 6pm RSVP to the opening event via www.trybooking.com/CEZES