Through my work I mean to express the excitement of questioning, the beauty of understanding, the rewards of curiosity and play, the meaning of connection, and the importance of keeping an open mind.
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For me to understand a movie, a poem, a painting, a dance, I must respond with a creative expression of my own: music, words, or something visual, such as a drawing, painting, sculpture, design, or installation. My interpretations are not a translation, echo, accompaniment, nor amplification of the art that called me, but a response that starts a conversation in more than one so-called language. My practice is the initiation of such conversations between art, music, dance, genetics, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and philosophy.
To comprehend the architecture of a piece of classical music, I froze it in time using visual cues to signify the notes--the colour of a rectangle, the height of a block--so I could apprehend the piece in its entirety. To comprehend an improvised dance, I chose an expressive quality of the dance, gesture, and used it in a musical way to create a musical response. To comprehend the contribution of music to our evolution, I built multi-player musical instruments from materials reclaimed from the location where the instruments and the people who play them now reside.
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.