TASHA AULLS / LA WAYAKA CURRENT TROPIC
Photos by Greta Rybus
TASHA AULLS (b.1972) is a visual artist based in Canada. Aulls was an artist in residence during EXPEDITION 1 - La Wayaka Current / Tropic Location.
Aulls’ psycho-spiritual landscapes locate themselves somewhere between sensory perception and cultural constructs of wilderness. Trying to find a way out of dualistic perceptions of self vs. other and Nature vs. Culture, landscape becomes a site of passage from the material to the spiritual and back again. Landscape is depicted as a place of physical and material dissolution, and it’s images and symbols are in turn the psyches’ site of transcendence. Images act as a kind of interface between real space and psychic space. As part of the landscape we inhabit, they allow full passage for the psyche to venture into material space and vice -versa. The liquid and dissolving nature of the images, reflects their refusal to remain in any fixed state of being or closed ideology. The only constant is the persistence of an open-ended potential.
"I wish to come to San Blas, to create a project that addresses the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and ecosystems. My recent practice is concerned with how to visualize loss of biodiversity, in a way that can be felt at a very human scale, as opposed to as an abstract global event. The residency would offer me the chance to work differently than in the studio, creating a project that encourages a discussion with the local communities about ecological issues. Life Boat will commemorate and bring to consciousness the vast amount of land and marine species that are and will be affected by the rising sea levels in the waters surrounding the San Blas Islands. This project will be a kind of race against time, attempting to create a visual representation of the species at risk, at a scale that is both personal, and monumental." - Tasha Aulls
Having been offered her first solo show at p|m Gallery in Toronto, Tasha Aulls’s work has entered the collection of the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Baie Saint-Paul in Quebec and has been regularly exhibited at Toronto International Art Fair. Graduating from MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2009, Aulls has since exhibited in South Korea, Austria, Canada and England.
DOCUMENTATION OF RESIDENCY AT TROPIC W/ LA WAYAKA CURRENT
bote vida / life boat
Bote Vida was created in collaboration with 15 teachers and 120 K-G4 students at Caledonia Primary
School. The project, conceived and adopted as an activity to raise environmental awareness, was realised during an artist residency with La Wayaka Current, held one of over 365 coral islands in the Guna Yala Comarca, Panama.
The boat design-build was borrowed from the Guna people’s communal way of building houses:
For Bote Vida, the entire student community gathered the materials, and the teachers lent their traditional building expertise. The younger children painted decorative flags inspired by the local coral ecosystems, discovering that their islands had once been coral reefs. The older children made paper boats in response to discussions about climate change. Below are a series of photos fellow artist in residence Greta Rybus took of the project during her time at La Wayaka Current / Tropic Location.