Ever Epic is an investigation of continuum and impermanence.
Due to its implied delicacy, paper is the medium. The many illusions of artistic space are contained within paper. In Tanya Gill’s work the surface is emphasized by incisions that simultaneously support, transform and destroy these illusions while revealing another dimension beyond. Light passing through the incisions fills an elusive and impermanent space with glowing reflective color. Silhouettes and shadows mingle in the space, reacting to the changing atmosphere and air currents.
Ever Epic is the result of Tanya Gill’s experiences in northern India where the relationships between ancient structures and the current patterns of daily life exist in a thriving continuum of history and custom. The piece Ever Epic, at the center of the exhibition, shows a young boy amidst swirls of abstracted forms. The overwhelming forms encompass the boy; he simultaneously exists as an individual and as a moment in the continuum.
Rise and Fall, an ongoing installation, was inspired by the shifting and evolving uses of the ancient structures of New Delhi, India. The layering cycles of building the new over the old is common to all cities and Rise and Fall is a celebration of the changing nature of the dwelling through these cycles. The small domestic paper structures fit closely alongside one another, as if they are an overgrown garden.
Among these places, different moments of time exist alongside the present. This coexistence emphasizes the impermanence and continuum of life and civilizations. Sensory contradictions, elusive experiences, and our ever present adaptability are revealed by the delicate paper constructions in Ever Epic.
Ever Epic was reviewed on Chicago Art Magazine by Madeleine Bailey!