Tayna Saryski Remnants: Illustrated and Obscured

By Nichola McEwan in Community, People

Call me biased, but I think the Minto Arts Council has done it again: another amazing show currently awaits your viewing at the Carnegie Library in Harriston.
The work of Tanya Zaryski, an artist and craftsperson of immense talent, returns home for a multimedia exhibition entitled Remnants: Illustrated and Obscured.
Tanya grew up calling Minto home and studied with Brian Dalton and Monika Lassner at Norwell before going off to the University of Toronto to study Art and Art History. It was during her time there that she was exposed to Sheridan College’s School of Craft and Design, and she became so interested in glassblowing that she completed both a diploma from Sheridan and her degree from U of T simultaneously.
From there Tanya went on to fill a 3 year artist residency at Toronto’s Harbour Front Centre where she had the opportunity to grow even further as an artist, being exposed to other artists and learning new techniques – something she has never stopped doing.
Currently living on a 50 acre farm in the Beaver Valley, close to Georgian Bay, Tanya finds inspiration all around her – and that is where I find a deep connection to her work.
Tanya’s interest in the stories that surround her is something to which most people can relate: the way a house on your street reminds you of a childhood adventure; the memories that a piece of furniture can hold; the way changes in the world that you call home mark stepping stones and major events in your life; these are journeys we have all taken, and Tanya Zaryski has a talent for capturing these personal explorations, and transforming the mundane to extraordinary through what I consider a dreamlike use of perspective.
She is very interested in negative space and her landscapes often examine the spaces in-between farms and houses, unmasking the drama and intimacies of these locations, as seasons change and years pass. Rendered beautifully in acrylic paint, they are both fascinating and captivating, and their playful style and small scale elicits an immediate desire to know the place.
The same wonder is apparent in Tanya’s glass blown pieces as she incorporates both wild imaginings and familiar rural elements, often delicately enamelling images within each piece. All are testament to her experience and talent in this delicate and demanding craft.
This particular exhibit will also include sculptural work, including pieces which bring clay and mixed media together with the same harmonious talent. They are both similar and different, and viewers are encouraged to explore how they all feel together.
Over the years Tanya has exhibited across Canada, been part of many juried exhibitions and received numerous accolades from the Ontario Arts Council, proving how fortunate we are to have her return to her hometown and share her work. Her work can be explored further on her website, www.beavervalleyglass.com.
There is a serenity and playfulness to Tanya’s exhibition, which also includes some work by her son, truly allowing the viewer to go back in time and enjoy their own ‘remnants’ – be they illustrated, or obscured.
Tanya Zaryski’s Remnants: Illustrated and Obscured runs from Tuesday March 11th until Saturday April the 26th at the Carnegie Library in Harriston.