In my practice I express my sense of the kinship between visual art, music, dance and science through:
Curiosity and wonder fuel my creativity.
I search for ideas by setting music alongside art alongside science and waiting for something to show up. Where do the ideas come from? I haven't a clue. Throw enough ingredients into a brain and it will make soup. Huh? Doing this 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.
My days unfold with no predictable pattern; I drift between thinking/writing, designing/drawing/painting, and playing piano/writing music.
Ultimately, I want my work to reach people, excite them, and inspire them to make something else, something more.
-Tia Vellani, 2020
Work in Progress
What is the Sound of One Heart Dancing?
A multimedia 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 the Arts Council of Ireland and Arts & Disability Ireland. Scheduled for exhibition in July-August, 2020. Or not.
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 art. 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 (apparently I used to wander off... la la la what? piano?), 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 three disciplines are fully integrated into my practice. My work reflects a truly authentic expression of my passions, core values, and ideology.