Tanya Batura is an artist with a predisposition toward the absurd, the incongruous, the dispossessed. Working in ceramics, a medium that has both its detractors and supporters, Batura’s large-scale heads defy even their own materiality, transforming the often staid and predictable parameters of the medium toward a more cohesive and deliberately forceful sensibility. Achromic comprises a series of new works that are at once monumental and delicate, geometric and languorously sensual in their fluidity, starkly devoid of color yet strangely shadowed from within. Pushing both material and content, Batura’s agenda is clearly less about pleasing any perceived “viewer,” and much more about complete absorption into her own process.
This series of new sculptures aptly entitled “Achromic” which means sans color, hint at a deeper fragmentation within the human psyche as parts of the heads are literally cut away, leaving behind odd ruptures and discordant breaks within their perceived structural stability. Though they are solid, it is clear something is missing. The fact none of the faces here has a discernible “gaze” outward, their glazed white eyes imply a continuation of the stoic white faces themselves, further emphasizes the interiority of the artist’s own methodology as each of these works translates from thought to literal form. In essence, we as viewers are looking at these sculptures witnessing them looking into themselves, ultimately bearing witness to their maker.
Tanya Batura’s work has been widely exhibited and reviewed in many high profile magazines including Beautiful Decay, The Los Angeles Times, Art Ltd. Art Scene and The LA Weekly. Her work was exhibited in the 2005 Rogue Wave exhibition at LA Louver, and several of her sculptures have been placed in museum collections including The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas, The Portland Art Museum and The Arizona State Art Museum. She lives and works in Los Angeles.