The intention, through my work, is to convey a story of human experience. Beginning with the notion that all people share basic human traits that connect us, such as compassion, love, fear, and sadness, the representational aspect of the work seeks to create an understanding between the viewer and the subject; foster a relationship between the two. The work invites the viewer to see beyond the obvious to the narrative undercurrents of the story being told, seen in the subtleties of details, metaphorical elements and obvious props.
This theater of work, as is present in this ongoing series, "The Things that Bind Us", is a psychological metamorphosis encapsulating the vulnerabilities, fear, struggles, strength, release and empowerment in this female subject's experience/s . The subject is a composite of myself and my own life experiences, my mother's and her emotional and psychological struggles, and the many woman (and men!) who have fallen prey to the failures of society around healing and mental health issues. The imaginings of the many women, who were institutionalized, committed to asylums, for no reason other then their husbands signed them in. These women were lost to the world. These women are also an inspiration for this series, part of her (the subject's) beating heart. Each piece has its own beautiful, tragic tale and the developing series, like a movie, will complete the story.
Bio: Tanya Isaacson was born in Connecticut and moved to Boston, MA where she received her BFA, in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art. Her career began as a freelance editorial Illustrator for various magazines and publications and within two years she began creating high end digital illustration for computer gaming and entertainment software companies. Tanya’s highly representational style of work, created an industry standard for digital gaming graphics and she created thousands of digital illustrations on assignments, gaining recognition in numerous gaming magazines and publications.
In 2016, after almost three decades working with corporate clients in digital media and design, Tanya shifted her focus toward her lifetime passion of painting. Since then, she has devoted herself to her fine art, with a preference for figurative and portrait work. “It is through the familiarity of the human form and face, and the frequent use of symbolism, that I work to convey emotions, messages and stories. It is through these means that I work to create human connection, between the viewer and the subject and the viewer and themselves.” It is this objective that has inspired multiple series in various stages of completion.
Since her decision to pursue her passion, she’s had the honor of exhibiting in various shows, most recently noted is acceptance into the “5th Annual Women Painting Women Exhibition” at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY, as well as The Guild of Boston Artist’s “2017 Annual Regional Juried Exhibition”. In addition, she received the “American Artist Professional League Award” in the Salmagundi Club NY, 39th Open Annual Non-Members' Exhibition, juried by Max Ginsburg, for her piece, “She has a name, and it is ‘Defiance’”. In April 2017, she was featured in the international publication, “Art Market Magazine, Special Edition Gold List: Top 60 Emerging Artists of Today”.
Currently, Tanya resides in Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. She is actively engaged in multiple painting series and commissioned work. You can find more of her story and view a collection of her work at www.tanyaisaacsonfineart.com.