Tia Vellani is an Irish/Canadian artist, musician, and molecular biologist. Born in Nenagh, Ireland, she is now based in Kilkenny (by way of Ontario's Great Lakes, Vancouver, and Miami). Her work has been exhibited in Europe and North America.
She creates and produces multimedia projects, often collaborating with mathematicians, dancers, videographers, composers, and other artists. They include sculptures, paintings, tapestries, digital art, performance, and musical compositions. She uses live fungus, acrylic paint, glass beads, digital media, and recycled metal, stone, and wood.
She has developed a visual language of coloured rectangles to look deeply into the structure of complex music.
I am an artist with a background in music and molecular genetics. I am motivated by a need for inner peace and connection, and a deep love for our beautiful, troubled planet. While some people are searching for clean energy and others are working to preserve the diversity of life, I am aiming for worldwide empathy and compassion. I see music as a good way in.
We take it for granted that music stirs our emotions. But how? It's more than just lyrics. How does the "noise" of music move us to soaring ecstasy or melting sorrow? How is it that we feel close to the people we play with or who share our taste in music? These are some of the questions that make me make art.
Drawing on my science background, I create and direct collaborative, multimedia projects that blur the lines between different art forms and science. My work takes many forms: digital art, installation, music, painting, performance, sculpture, and tapestry. I create art and music informed by the theory of evolution; interpret music as art; re-imagine visual art, dance, and the theory of evolution as music.
My "artistic process" starts when I have been reading a lot. While I walk a riverbank or slip into sleep, my brain finds patterns in the information I have taken in. Once an idea takes hold, I ponder obsessively until metaphors appear and project ideas arise. I carry out the projects in a way serves them best, and it is rarely the same way twice.
-Tia Vellani, 2023
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Adorable critter drawings by Shaelin Vellani. @thepointofneedles