I would like to see us reviving the things that give us joy and a sense of belonging, such as making music and art, creative play, and understanding each other and the world around us with our hearts and minds wide open.
My projects develop from analogies that connect the Arts to each other and to the Sciences. I focus on music, visual art and performance on the Arts side and genetics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology on the Sciences side.
To describe without words the urge to create, I produced and directed an exhibition in which photos of an illuminated dancer performing in the dark captured the impulse to dance. These images inspired musical interpretations by multiple composers. To reimagine the architecture of classical music, I froze it in time using visual elements--the colour and width of rectangles--to represent notes and rhythms. To bring to life the contribution of music to our evolution, I built multi-player musical instruments from recycled materials donated by members of the communities who now own them.
-Tia Vellani, 2021
Tia Vellani is a cross-disciplinary artist whose practice embraces visual art, music, science, and performance. Through her work she advocates subversively for connection, unity, peace, and understanding. She is a multi-instrumental musician, former jewelry designer, and former molecular biologist. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia and worked as a postdoctoral researcher of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and genomics at the University of Miami in the US and at Teagasc in Ireland. She is based in Kilkenny, Ireland.