Curiosity and wonder draw me into experimenting with art, music, and science. One of my favourite questions is, "What if... ?
Translating between art and science and across various art forms can open our eyes to unexplored concepts. In my creative practice I use ideas from one discipline to inspire new ways of thinking in others. It has given me a better understanding of what and how we communicate through the Arts, and a sense of how vital they are for our well-being. Moreover, finding fresh tools for artistic expression always sets my imagination on fire.
My days are like an ever-changing patchwork quilt. With no predictable pattern, I flit between thinking, writing, and designing to drawing, painting, and making digital images to playing piano and composing music.
Many of my projects are collaborations because I find them to be creatively stimulating, social, and inclusive. Some of them are listed below.
The thread connecting my seemingly diverse projects is my sense of wonder and curiosity about the Arts and Sciences, music in particular.
-Tia Vellani, 2020
My formal education is in science (Ph.D and postdoctoral research in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics), and I worked in a lab for many years before switching to the arts. After leaving science, I created a studio workshop for jewellery design, which I maintained for nine years before starting my present cross-disciplinary arts practice. I've played music all my life, starting with classical piano at age 3, then adding concert flute, voice, and West African percussion over the next few decades. Music, visual art and science have all contributed to my identity, and the 3 disciplines are fully integrated into my practice. My work reflects a truly authentic expression of my passions, core values, and ideology.
Works in Progress:
What is the Sound of One Heart Dancing?
A multi-media exploration of improvisational dance. Collaboration with Helen Walsh, Jennie Grangel, Eoin Coffey, and Sandra Mogensen. This project is possible because of generous support from Alternative Kilkenny Arts, TASK Kilkenny, and a grant from Arts & Disability Ireland. Scheduled for exhibition in July-August, 2020.
Sonic Notation Orchestra
Collaboration with other musicians and visual artists where we interpret each others' work from music to visual art and back. As the project unfolds, we're noticing patterns we would never have noticed and discovering ways to add more layers of meaning to our work. Ongoing since July 2018.