Born in Munich, Germany, Tania Welz has lived and worked in Rome for over 20 years.
Welz set out as a painter but soon felt that the two-dimensional surface of the canvas and the use of paints and brushes were limiting her creativity. She felt the need to bring a sculptural element into her work but at the same time, she wanted to avoid the hardness and rigidity associated with traditional sculpture. At this point, she turned to textiles, experimenting with a variety of materials and textures that she transformed into large, abstract fiber art wall-hangings.
Her work is not only arresting in terms of colour and composition, but also entices the viewer through different elements presented in intriguing juxtapositions. If great masters of the past revealed their interior world through the strength and the thickness of the brush stroke, Welz achieves her results through tearing, rebuilding, padding and burning her motifs.
Welz contrasts the textures and physical characteristics of many different materials but is also well aware of their cultural and social history, making her work both visually and conceptually very dynamic and contemporary.
The project is an onsite specific live installation and is called 'One is the dream of the other'.
The idea would be to have two living bodies under a sheet / blanket and a thin fabric ( gauze) on top, wich will take the mould of the bodies.
The technique, that I recently developed, will involve a liquid medium, applied on the gauze and layered on top of the bodies. Once the gauze dries the shape takes form.
To help it stiffen quicker I would a use a hairdryer to increase the hardening process.
In order to minimize mess in the space, I would also spread out a thin plastic cover over the bed and the sheet.
Please have a look at my latest artwork to imagine better how the final result would look like.