Tania Sen

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Kolkata, India
figurative, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, photography, digital

My works that took form organically over the years, revisit one thing time and time again - the passivity of the masses who experience the art.  Even though it is social events that trigger the impetus to create, events such as greed, female infanticide, war, world hunger etc., the single element that strings my works together is the inadvertent impression of the anticipated audience.  No I do not dwell in an ivory tower, nor do my works emerge out of vacuum, yet the presence of the passive masses is an overriding element in these works.  Like the chorus in Greek tragedy, insignificant critters such as butterflies and ants continue their onward march to some unknown destination. “The threshold of the “critical mass,” that of the involution of the social through inertia, is exceeded. Everywhere the masses are encouraged to speak, they are urged to live socially, electorally, organizationally, sexually, in participation, in festival, in free speech, etc. Nothing shows more dramatically that the only genuine problem today is the silence of the mass, the silence of the silent majority.”

2017 and Upcoming

January             "Visions 2017: Food for Thought" Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery, NC

May                  " Please Don't Burst My Bubble?!" Contemporary Art Museum of South Korea


2016 Exhibition List:


October           "Enjoy/Endure" the city and its people, curated by Corina Apostle
                          Open Door Festival at Gallery Aferro, NJ

August:           "Second Language", curated by Dr. Susan Isaacs 
                          @ Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia   

July,                "Love Is..." at Alfa Art Gallery, NJ

May,                "Words + Text + Numbers" @ St. Louis Artists' Guild, curator: Joel Ross

March,              Hillyer Art Space, DC, "Typecast", curator: Javis DuBoise

“More of the same” – always a safe bet – familiar and predictable. So deep is the dependence on the “familiar and safe”, that the choice by default is always that which has been previously experienced – “true and tried” – a popular justifications! The consciousness however is forever expanding and morphing…it seeks new insights and new ways of being…even though the love of “typecast” makes one conform to accepted codes of decorum for fear of rejection. Need for validation curbs the capacity to love the self and others.                            

Feb., 2016        Augusta Savage Gallery, “ I Breathe With You”, MA

Color Vision
Lately there has been much senseless bloodshed over an age old prejudice that simply won’t go away.  “I can’t breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner when put in chokehold by NYPD.  Cops across the country are being shot down randomly.  Time to address the prejudice and recognize that the color of blood is always red. Color Vision is a group of 4 canvases.  Each rendered in Ishihara vision chart style inscribed with words that every person feels and can identify with.  “I have a Dream” consists of two dream catchers, each with a diagram of a cross section of a blood cell.

2015 and Upcoming

Dec., 2015        Torpedo Art Factory, Printed Matter

Flight of the Unicorn

Nov., 2015        Royal Scottish Academy, UK

Primal Colors: performance art digital photo and animation

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