I am a visual artist with a background in music and molecular genetics, but underneath, I am a seeker of truth, beauty, understanding, and connection. I feel driven to understand how we got here, why we do the things we do, and where we belong. I am motivated by a deep love for this beautiful, troubled planet and a need for inner peace and connection.
I dream up and direct collaborative, multimedia projects that blur the lines between art and science and between different art forms. My practice revolves around the creative visualisation of music; the musical interpretation of visual art, dance, and the theory of evolution; and the application of the theory of evolution to the creation of visual art and music. Translating between art forms and science, I explore the hidden springs that feed our creative expression. I enjoy including other curious creatives who are eager to experiment.
My "artistic process" starts spontaneously, especially when I have been taking in a lot of information, primarily as books, music, and the outdoors. While I walk a riverbank, stare into space, or slip into sleep, my brain detects patterns and combines principles from the ideas I have absorbed. Then I ponder obsessively until metaphors appear and project ideas arise. I carry out the projects in whatever way serves them best, and it is rarely the same way twice.
The work takes many forms: sculpture, installation, painting, performance, drawing, digital art, music, writing, and multimedia projects.
-Tia Vellani, 2022
The following questions fuel my work:
What is music good for? Bonding through shared emotions? How does music create emotions and feelings anyway? How do we go from the "noise" of music to soaring ecstasy or rivers of tears? How does music inspire connection, understanding, and love? Can music be translated into visual art that is somehow meaningful? Can visual art and dance be translated into meaningful music? Do artists and composers interpret music and art or art as music in similar ways? What does music sound like if you let it evolve, Darwin-style?
Thank you Patrons for helping me do my thing since April 2020!
Adorable critter drawings by Shaelin Vellani.