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    Collage/ mixed media

Tonia Klein

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artist bio

Tonia Klein received her Bachelors of Fine Art from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2007. During college, she also studied abroad at the Burren College of Art in County Clare, Ireland. Tonia Klein has exhibited her paintings and collages nationally. Her work has also been published in “Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times” and “Vain” magazine.She recently has a show titled "Recurrence" at Flash Atolye in Izmir, Turkey.

Tonia Klein is currently participating in the Gallery 224 Studios artist residency in Port Washington, WI.

artist statement

My work is influenced by fairy tales and world mythology. I use these as a basis for sharing my own personal stories. Patterns and pattern making help to create a separate world for these stories to exist, but still be connected to our own world and understanding. By using recognizable figures and repeating them in an unnatural way, they are both of this world and not.

While painting is still central to my process, printmaking and collage are becoming a part of my practice because they can be used to create large areas of complex pattern. I appropriate ready-made patterns or I digitally create specific patterns to build structured metaphors into my pieces. The metaphors relate archetypes from fairy tales into my own personal life to help me connect my experiences with other peoples’.