Tatiana Klacsmann remains steadfast in the belief that painting is not really dead. Her work consists of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures which uphold her aesthetic appreciation for beauty and precision over efficiency. She currently lives and works as an artist in Hudson, New York, and teaches history at Columbia-Greene Community College. Before moving to Hudson in 2012 she taught in the art departments of Johnson State College in Johnson, VT and Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA. She completed a Masters of Fine Art at Johnson State College, Masters of Art History at the University of Glasgow with Christie’s Education, and Bachelor of Arts at Yale University. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally.
I examine the division between beauty and monstrosity. I look at moments in which divisions start to break down - between humans and animals, between people and things, between creatures and machines. Mixing traditional and contemporary materials and techniques, I aim to make drawings, paintings, and sculptures which are both aesthetically pleasing and uncanny.
Current and Recent Exhibitions
Portrait Show at Gallery 46
STILL LIFE WITH SCULPTURE
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What am I working on at the moment, you ask?
Tempus Fugit: an art experiment in life improvement through time/space management - artwork at the "Tempus Fugit" tab and updates on the blog
Can I manage my time and space to match more closely with my devotion* (to art in my case - no minor dependents here)?
*Definition of devotion for this experiment - some might say "love" (cough, cough... Levinas :) ), but I like devotion - not only is it slightly less cheesy, but love, to me, on it's own, can be either active or passive, where as devotion is a form of love which necessitates action.
Happiness derives, in part, from aligning time/space expenditure with the object of one's devotion.
(Example, please...) Let's say that I commute an hour to work. I don't like commuting, but I do it so that I can have a home with a yard for my offspring. If I plant nice flowers in that yard and enjoy using it with my family, then my time expenditure matches my devotion to my family, and I can be happy with my commute time. If I think of the yard as one more thing to take care of on the weekend, and no one really uses it anyway because the offspring really prefers video games anyway... then the space/time expenditure doesn't contribute to my devotion, and I'm unhappy.
: 10 phases, each corresponding to an art-life, time/space related principle. Estimated time commitment - approximately 1 year, 2-6 weeks per phase. Documentation will occur at the outset of each phase, laying out the principle and goal, and at the conclusion, documenting the resulting artwork, evaluating success and/or failure and/or suggested modifications in adhering to the stated principle.
If the ultimate goal is life-improvement through enactment of my devotion to art, why is time/space management an appropriate approach?
Time and space management can be measured through quantifiable data whereas devotion is an action based on love, which is not concrete. Therefore, the dedication of time and space will act as evidence which allowing one to deduce the presence of devotion, which is otherwise undocumentable.
Goal: To create a new, coherent body of work of at least 20 pieces* which reflect my art-life principles.
*of course there will be more work than that, but, (spoiler) one of the phases will involve editing.