My work is intuitive, and connected to
the pattern of everyday life activities. There is no
on-and-off in the studio; my working process is constant. The
story that my work tells is my own narrative, which I
examine again and again. I think about things in
multiples, with the occasional single object within these
large groups. What I’m doing is building
Collecting has a variety of meanings for me, with each
collection suggesting something different. Although I
gather hundreds of objects, the greater value for me
lies in the process and subsequent observation
and study. I collect natural objects; washed up
plastics and other debris; small, unusual toys and kitchen
items; and ephemera from everyday activity that can be
amassed in multiples – like stickers, candy wrappers,
dry cleaner tags, plastic container tops, twist ties
and rubber bands. I specifically collect consumer
products. All lists and notes are important. Collecting
from specific geographic locations is also significant.
My choice of materials is deliberate–they symbolize
important aspects of my life experience. I make
use of a wide variety of media, from traditional materials
to beef liver, beet, pokeberry, iodine, mercurochrome,
methiolate, gentian violet, roofing cement, food coloring,
hair dye, calamine lotion, indigo, coffee and dirt, to
name a few.
I’m drawn to music, and the opportunity to collaborate
with other artists. The process of working
back and forth brings out variations on a theme.
The vision that I create is an intuitive investment
of emotion into the mundane practice of daily life.
This particular exhibition Denise Tassin: Art Fair
of Multiple Personalities brings together disparate
veins of my cross media process. The art is displayed
in the same manner as at an art fair; not like a traditional
gallery exhibition but, salon style as a conglomerate
representation of a gallery’s stable of artists.
These bodies of work are select samples, from the past
five years, of larger autobiographical explorations. The
work is presented in groups similar to the way they
would be made and displayed in the studio. It is not
important to me that others know the stories behind
the work but instead to apply their own experience
to the process. It is however, important to note
that the work is founded in real life experience. The
materials and subject matter of my work are often playful,
wickedly funny and depressingly serious – all
the stuff of everyday life.