New works by Tanja Meski
Tanja Meski continues a theme she started when exhibiting in a Group Show at Foundry Gallery in February 2011. In that exhibit, she presented a piece called Ocean on a Wire referring to the Gulf oil spill that occurred in 2010. That piece was intended to critique the slow bureaucratic processes related to the well-being of international waters. Meski, along with millions of observers, was stunned by the unwillingness of U.S. authorities to sacrifice assets and manpower toward immediate rescue operations. “Later,” she says, “the expenses should have been paid by BP.”
Before and after that, there have been incidents, accidents and deliberate destruction of planet Earth, including acts by those of us who live in it. This unfortunate fact gives Meski never-ending inspiration to make art that reminds us of our violent and brutal nature – the human nature. All of Meski’s works in the November show are inspired by current global events.
World on a Wire is a collection of mixed media art on canvas, combining driftwood, shells and other objects collected from various sea shores of the United States. “People who know more should have more responsibility,” says Meski. “I’m especially concerned about the United States, because it has had a very short-sighted strategy for a long time and it’s finally beginning to pay for its mistakes. Evidence is everywhere. Unfortunately this means more polluting, more wars and more destruction – at a faster pace.”
World on a Wire
We Are All in This Together 2