My work is rooted in social issues. Growing up in communist Czechoslovakia as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I was told to toe the line in school while at home do not trust them was the dictum. This conflicting advice provided a schizophrenic lens with which I see the world.
I create installations and artists books that explore politics, economy, environment and social justice issues. Im interested in finding the proper visual language to address these weighty topics. Using satire, whimsy and at times an element of surprise, I try to bring the viewer into the conversation. My work is rooted in printmaking, I like the graphic nature of the medium as well as its historical role as the medium for the masses.
Tatana Kellner has exhibited internationally at the Hessische Museum in Darmstadt, Germany and nationally in museums and galleries including the Islip Art Museum (Islip, NY), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Samuel Dorsky Museum (New Paltz, NY), Neuberger Museum (Purchase, NY), Museum of Contemporary Arts (Fort Collins, Co), Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, CEPA Gallery (Buffalon, NY), Center for Photography at Woodstock, Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA), Creative Concepts (Beacon, NY), and District Fine Arts Gallery (Washington, DC ), Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY), among others.
She is the recipient of Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant,
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (two times), Photographers Fund Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock (two times) and Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant.
She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Fundacion Valparaiso, Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Light Work, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel Foundation and Ragdale Foundation.
Tatana is the founding member and Artistic Director of Womens Studio Workshop, an artists workspace in Rosendale, NY.
For more information, please visit her web site at tatanakellner.com