Performance photograph by Wayne Barbe, Lake Weyba, QLD.
Shifting between media and methods of contemporary art production, Australian artist Bianca Tainsh’s experiential works are embedded in heterogeneous research and existential exploration. Archives of self-generated and cyber-sourced material, saturated with semiotic rhetoric become the provenance for video, digital and traditional media, assemblages, and live art, engendering a reflection on contemporary dilemmas and feminine experience.
The landscape of Lake Weyba has become Tainsh’s platform to survey and experiment with concepts that destabilise human paradigms to reinvigorate dormant perceptions of sentience in the non-human world. Land Art and feminist theory bind with research in science and Indigenous and non-western-Anglo relationships with the land, fortified by a process of deep observation, to generate art projects unique in form and vision.
Through theoretical frameworks and narrative, audiences are invited to engage deeply with issues such as the cyber-saturated human’s disconnect from the natural world, mass consumerism, and the search for autonomy and spirituality in the digital age. By generating intimate moments of connection, Tainsh’s projects endeavour to reverberate with her audience and realise actual social transformation.
Tainsh has exhibited and held live art performances and events across Australia and overseas. She has participated in international residency programs and has been the recipient of an ArtStart grant, among other accolades and awards. As an advocate of Art for Change, Tainsh has been invited to present a TEDx talk, webinars, and has sat as a panelist for symposiums. Her artistic education includes a 1st Class Honours Degree from RMIT University, and to compliment the social aspects of her practice she studied Arts & Community Engagement at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Image 1 - The Tangible Landscape of Memory, 2021. 42 x 59.4 cm, Archival print on Hahnemühle Hemp paper.
Image 2, 3 and 4 - Land Response 1, 2 & 3, 2021. Archival prints on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper. Dimensions: 42 x 59.4 cm, 59.4 x 42 cm & 42 x 59.4 cm.
Image 5 - Visual experiment with Techno-human x sheela na gig mask, 2021. Digital image.
I live and practice on the lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people, their sovereignty never ceded. To all First Nations people, I express my deep respect for your culture, your connection to Country, and your fundamental knowledge of stewarding the land. I look forward to the day when that knowledge finds its place in government agenda, and we all live together as respectable custodians on First Nations land.
- Bianca Tainsh