Australian Artist -Tania Summerell

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I Saw The Beauty Go

'I Saw The Beauty Go'
Mixed natural & recycled materials, lighting, sound track
Boral Industries Murwillumbah NSW
1.5m – 6m (h) x 20m(w) x 20m(l)

Tania Summerell is a unique and diversely talented multi medium visual artist establishing in Australia and Internationally in Cultural / Environmental Installations and numerous Group and Solo Exhibitions of Mixed Media Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Photography.

Born on the Far South Coast of New South Wales Australia, through associations and friendships with Masters in their field, Tania explored Painting, Printing, Weaving, Leatherwork and Ceramics, developing different techniques, materials and a wide range of skills and diversity at an early age. In 1990 Tania won 3 Far South Coast National Art prizes and exhibited at the Bega Regional Gallery .

Since 1997 the artist has continued to exhibit, facilitate, direct and coordinate a variety of workshops throughout South East QLD, Northern NSW and at Leading Australian Arts Cultural Festivals. In 1999 Tania began creating numerous National and International Public Art Works - her unique signature being massive Earth Mandalas and in 2001 became facilitator/director of the Long Room Studio/Gallery, a space for private exhibitions & Art classes.

Visiting sacred sites, studying Art, the Environment and Cultures worldwide has left the artist and her work infused with much depth, symbology and saturated with links to many ancient cultures, their spirituality, traditional practice, respect for the land, philosophies, myths and legends. A testament of respect to this focus and pursuit is the success that has proceeded with works acquired by the National Gallery of Thailand, National Museum of Lao, National Museum of Cambodia, Ishar Palace India and other collections.

The artist was invited to exhibit solo the successful - 'The Blossoming' as part of the Tweed Shire City of Arts Cultural Program and was supported by The Weekly, Print Spot, Tweed Council and NSW Ministry of the Arts. Also invited as Feature Artist at Escape Gallery - Murwillumbah Fine Art Centre with the opening of the stunning solo exhibition 'Divine Origins' and to exhibit at Gold Coast City Council Chambers Foyer Gallery with the International Creative Cultural Exchange between South Korea and Australia and again in South Korea at the Hyundai Cultural Centre Gallery, Ulsan.

The most recent recording on site of significantly important Sacred Sites throughout South East Asia resulted in Laos National Museum commissioning Tania to create a work of Art capturing the Laos floral emblem and was presented to Guangxi Museum in China. In Vietnam, recording the oldest archaeological site in the country at My Son, the exquisitely detailed textural earthy paintings were acquired by the Danang Cham Museum and the Hue Royal Antiquities and Fine Arts Museum.

Tania won the Wonder of Women Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award for Art by the Tweed Shire Women’s Service. In conjunction with an interest in cultural investigations, Tania continues to explore the fragility, beauty and vulnerability of the environment by addressing erosion, deforestation, water management and species extinction. Large Public works have become a unique way for promoting the arts and raising community awareness about ecological issues in a public arena.

Recently the environmental/cultural site specific installation 'I Saw The Beauty Go' at Boral Industries (above), conveyed environmental constrictions & the importance of protecting the natural world, it offered solutions to resource sustainability through the use of recycled material, coinciding with national recycling week. Highlighting the regions past, the location was one of the areas first saw mills. Lighting & a sound track prompted the audience to reconsider the landscape, provoking memory and both a sense of loss and hope for the return of future generations.

The Artist

Artist with ‘Tempes de Poisson’ and ‘Pas de Deux’ at
‘The Blossoming’ Solo Exhibition
Tweed Shire City of Arts Space NSW Australia
Mixed media
1m (h)
Private Collection
Photo by Nadine Fisher

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