We make art to call to others; it's the voice of the human spirit. 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, physics, 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.
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.
-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 Arts & Disability Ireland. Scheduled for exhibition in July-August, 2020. Or not. Postponed until summer, 2021, pandemic permitting.
Past and current projects...