Monday, March 8, 2010


Friday, April 16, 7pm-10pm 
Reception for Spring Open Studios at ARC Studios and Gallery

1246 Folsom St., between 8th and 9th.  I am in studio #205. Please click for a map. The Reception will feature live music and refreshments.  

Saturday and Sunday, April 17th and 18th 
Open Studios continuess at ARC over the weekend. Artist's studios, including my own, will be open to the public from 11am to 6pm both days.  Please go to for details and directions

In my studio you will see my new series “Illusion of Choice”, which is finished (at least for now), and some new Artists Books.  

The five pieces in "Illusion of Choice" have been both exhilarating and troubling to produce.  I have constructed figures resembling paper dolls, marionettes and death masks which are then collaged over 5 or 6  distressed layers of fashion magazine layouts and beauty advertisements.  These underlying layers are inspired, in part, by the semi-destroyed temporary walls that you often see surrounding construction sites.  The walls are plastered with tattered posters making vague promises, partially peeled away; revealing fragments of older posters with more vague promises. Such walls document relentless cycles of unfulfilled desire. Unfulfilled desire is also at the heart of beauty magazines--desire for love, for self-regard, for power--all to be gained through appearance.

The process of building up and stripping down images (choosing—tearing—shellacking—texturing—painting) was great fun.

However, working with the source material was oppressive.  Paging through magazines full of beauty advice brings me to the place where identity and capitalism meet. It is the wellspring of an unending quest for perfection.

I will also be showing the remaining three unsold pieces in my "Female Personae" series, as well as a couple of new, smaller mixed media sculptures in a similar vein.


That entire series may be viewed at


Sunday, March 7, 2010


The talk scheduled for March 20th has been cancelled. All of the other events in March and April that are described in the March 2nd. post below are good to go.

Tanya Wilkinson

Tanya Wilkinson