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  • “Sweet Escape”Sweet Escape

    Screen-Print Painting 2012 16feet x 6feet 4in

Tyanna Buie

artist bio

A Chicago native, Tyanna Buie was born the youngest of four siblings on the city’s south side. By the age of four, Buie and her siblings were placed in the foster care system where they were temporarily placed from one home to another throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. This experience has permeated Buie to reclaim and rewrite her own experiences through re-visitation and visual communication.

Buie received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the spring of 2010. Upon her graduation, Tyanna has continued her art practice by attending Artists-In-Residency programs such as the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, while continuing to exhibit her works in numerous juried, group and solo exhibitions throughout the country. Her extensive exhibition record includes: Northwestern University, Chicago IL, The Boston Printmaker’s 2011 North American Print Biennial exhibition in Boston, MA juried by Jim Dine, The Contemporary Invitational Print and Drawing exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, The Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee WI, and the Creative Arts Guild exhibition in Dalton, GA, where she was honored with the Director’s Choice and Best of Show award. Buie’s work has also been featured on the cover of sociologist professor Averil Y. Clarke’s book entitled; Inequalities of Love: College-Educated Black Women and the Barriers to Romance and Family.

artist statement

Throughout my adolescence, my family life has always been a challenge for me. Due to the lack of a stable family structure, I grew up in the foster care system. Influenced by this experience, I was directed toward the art-making process. In the midst of what I felt was chaos, I would retreat to a place where I would feel free to create illustrations based on objects around me, giving me sense of release and enjoyment. Inspired by positive and negative experiences that come with the foster care system, I was fortunate to find my voice, creative vision, and a connection with the outside world.

The re-creation of memory is what I am most interested in. I use familiar imagery to offer a solution for the lack of physical evidence pertaining to my past by using sources from my background. I often obtain information about my childhood not only through my own memory, but also by sharing experiences with family members. Once I have gathered the information, I photographically document found childhood objects, while appropriating from photos and various forms of family memorabilia. These images are then transformed into a single iconic reference that emulates the function of memory, causing me to revive facts and recognize previous impressions from past events. Like memory, my stories begin to manifest into epic and exaggerated accounts that are inconsistent from one event to another. The objects in my work become representational “stand-ins” for the tangible resources that have been lost, taken, or discarded throughout my impermanent childhood.

In order for me to re-create and de-code my personal history, the process is a key component for my art practice. The use of concealing, discarding, and the repetition of images in a piece allows me to combine methods such as; painting, collage, and screen-printing, in a non-traditional manner on paper. These techniques enable me to work intuitively in multiple facets by distressing, excavating, and re-working the surface repeatedly until I reach a visual resolution. Through this process, I am able to control the medium by manipulating the form, shape, and color while attaining a textured surface emblematic of tattered, torn and discarded wallpaper, which reveals an unspecified narrative beneath the surface.

For my work to remain a pure entity, I believe in the sustainability of a connection to the outside world. By having multiple exhibitions, educating the youth, and working with the community, I am able to engage with a variety of people while creating a positive environment where shared experiences are welcomed. This type of exploration of viewer interaction informs my process and helps me to solidify my own understanding in relation to my past.