We Are All Water and more art by Tiffany Wollman

We Are All Water, 2019
46 x 36 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas

Water is the blood of Mother Earth. Water is the giver of all life, sustains life, and connects every living thing. Access to clean water shapes traditional activities and our relationships with our surroundings. It is vital to protect water from pollution, drought, and waste. It hurts so much to witness the abuse and disrespect towards water. To have governments side with industry over and over again in harmful ways; not admitting to the detrimental effects, not acknowledging the interconnectedness of everything, not seeing that things don’t have to be this way, not realizing the importance of water and life.

In “We are all water” a figure is submerged swimming mostly underwater. The brushstrokes are obvious and fragmented to distort the image and connect the figure with the water, to show the two being the same. The colour purple is used to convey: the sub-conscious, wisdom, mystery, dignity, spirituality, independence, and magic. This painting is meant to be healing.

Métis Nation of Alberta

Tiffany Wollman is a visual artist motivated by a sense of imagination, curiosity, sensitivity to the passage of time, desire for a better world, and a responsibility to protect the land and water of it. She works from observation, personal photographs, and memory. Sometimes she will borrow from photo journalists when portraying a story of an injustice or natural disasters. When this is the focus of her work, she is taking time and making space to acknowledge, and at least partially process the world event. She needs this part of her practice, so that she can permit herself to be creative, play with materials, and to indulge in paintings that are personal, beautiful, and less urgent. Most often her own photographs lead to drawings and colourings that later may become oil paintings in the studio. Through her work she spends times with memories of loved ones, lingers in the lines of flowers, observes the sun, and poetically selects colours, layers, and details. Currently she is exploring making dyes and paints with natural colours derived from plants and flowers, along side her painting practice.

Wollman graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts with distinction (2013). Her sculptural “Pipe” painting was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art when representing Alberta at the BMO 1st! Art Student Invitational Competition (2013). Wollman’s work was included in Kim Dorland's curation of "Voted Most Likely" at Contemporary Calgary (2014). Her "Circle of Dancers" interactive and kinetic installation was displayed at Contemporary Calgary's LOOK fundraising event (2016) and The City of Calgary’s New Year's Eve Celebrations (2016). Calgary Arts Development awarded her a Small Experiments Grant (2017), Calgary Allied Arts Foundation Residency (2018), and participated in the Arts Commons Lightbox Studio (2019). She lives and works in Mohkinstsis/Calgary/Treaty 7.

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