My artistic practice is highly interdisciplinary. My photographic practice started as a means of self-expression and has morphed into a tool of personal documentation and foundation for further explorations and art-making. I have made artworks through the means of photo-montage, public sculpture, moving-image, and graphic design. I try to pull meaning from, and to have an appreciation for all of my experiences: close, personal relationships with others, deeply human moments that spark visceral feelings, humour, optimism, depression, the natural world, heavy industrial work, mining, academia, subarctic climate, and geographical isolation.
My current practice is entirely based around my experiences of growing up, living and working in the community of Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. Labrador City is an isolated mining town in Canada’s eastern subarctic region, where iron ore extraction dictates the local economy, exorbitant wealth manifests itself in bizarre and unsettling ways, and where whispers of organized crime circulate constantly. Separated from the rest of the province, growing up in Labrador City has oftentimes felt culturally void to me. Working with what I have available to me, my work is my attempt to craft my own culture.
My work comes from a socialist perspective. I am interested in Marxist theory and research which helps me to better form my ideas surrounding my experiences in heavily industrialized workplaces. I am passionate about worker’s rights and safety, labour unions, finding joy in labour, and navigating survival in the face of capitalism. My work aims to reflect this through humour, and most of all, in a way that is accessible to everybody.
Tanea graduated from NSCAD University in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Photography and Art History. Tanea is a recipient of two Arts & Letters awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Government. Her most recent publication is Cole Degenstein’s shrines.