Silent Dredge, 2008
Currently showing at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery: “A Complicated Dominion: Nature and New Political Narratives,” featuring the work of Tiffany Bozic, among others:
Our dominion is complicated and comes with profound responsibility. Humankind has become adept at leveraging natural resources and scientific advances to not only ensure our survival, but also to support and spread various political agendas. Along the road we have developed life-enhancing technologies and become more widely informed about the necessity of our participation in conservation and preservation efforts, while on the other hand we have seriously damaged the earth and performed atrocious acts of inhumanity. Looking forward, it is abundantly clear that we must manage long-term strategies for sustainable development and make sure that decisions about how we control the earth’s resources, wildlife, and each other are not our undoing.
Bozic’s work is reminiscent of watercolor, but actually consists of translucent acrylic washes on wood panel. The delicate realism of her style, which would be right at home in a children’s book, at first masks the disturbing rawness of her portrayal of contemporary Nature. Bozic is unafraid of death, decay, sex, or deformity. In fact, she seems to relish surprising the viewer with scenes that can be read either as brutal, unedited natural history – or as sly commentaries on human practices.
No One’s Fault But My Own
Tiffany Bozic, 2008
The Best Intentions
Tiffany Bozic, 2005
I think Tiffany’s work is incredible – although I may be prejudiced because it overlaps my own themes and style. Watching this video of her work (from her website) actually made me itch to be in the studio. I have to make time to do some painting. . . soon.
A Complicated Dominion runs through August 16. Via Right Some Good.