Tyanna Buie

Artist, Detroit, MI  buie_tyanna

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 through the re-making of images.

Website: http://tyannajbuie.com/home.html
Email: tjbuie@gmail.com

Artist Statement: 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 through the re-making of images.

The impermanence experienced has led me to create alternative perspectives based upon personal history.  Photo-based images, family memorabilia, and documents sourced from family members allow me to re-visit and revive previous impressions from past events.  Through a non-specific order of occurrence, these images begin to manifest into exaggerated accounts that are inconsistent from one event to another.  The use of traditional narrative and non-narrative aspects of storytelling is evident in the work, which allows me to challenge my family’s past, in an attempt to re-imagine the future through fragmentation.

Repetition, dissemination, and the building of images in the work allows me to combine methods such as, painting, drawing, collage, and screen-printing, in a non-traditional manner on multi-sheets of paper, while creating singular pieces as well as large-scale site-specific installations.  These techniques enable me to work intuitively in multiple facets by distressing, excavating, and re-working the surface to ultimately reveal an unspecified narrative that become either isolated depictions, or re-configured images that transform the perception of space.

Speaker Bio: A Chicago and Milwaukee native, Tyanna received her B.A from Western Illinois University, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, Buie received an emerging artist Mary L. Nohl Fellowship and is the recipient of a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant and the 2015 Love of Humanity Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Her work is currently on view in the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum as part of the permanent collection. Buie currently lives and works in Detroit, MI, where she is an Assistant Professor/ Section Chair of Printmaking at the College for Creative Studies.

Sponsored by: The Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop, Wriston Art Galleries, and the Art & Art History Department