At the heart of my art is a passion for authenticity, texture and mindfulness. My method is about achieving balance and finding beauty in the random. Texture is an important expressive medium and an intuitive creative process that guides my trowel. This loosening of control enables me to create original works of art with a natural flow and tactility.
My technique is based on traditional Venetian plastering craftsmanship. By applying pigmented Italian plaster in thin layers, I create distinctively tactile imagery that has depth and personality.
This limited series of mixed-media abstract artworks visualises the different states of mind and emotions expressed through a delicate dance with texture and paint. Alluding to the Tao philosophy of accepting the natural flow of the Universe, each piece is a meditative collaboration with the material that captures dynamism with stillness, quietness with depth and movement, exuding the calming energy of imperfection embraced.
In this series, Tanya Vacarda experiments with various plaster compounds and a calligraphy technique, while paying homage to the traditional Venetian plastering practice.
“The making process was very similar to meditating or mindfulness session. I first worked with plaster compounds to create a textured base. When it dried, I would do a little meditation over it, visualising my feelings in the context of the texture, before I applied paint and ink to plaster with a calligraphy brush. It’s like creating a language to communicate the unspoken. To do that, you need a clear and calm mind. That’s where meditative practice comes in useful.”
TEXTURED PLASTER ART
Created using a combination of heritage techniques such as decorative plastering, sgraffito and fresco, this art collection features one-of-a-kind wall décor pieces that are perfect for adding depth and lightness to any interior. These artworks are designed with serenity and tranquillity in mind, which is helped by the natural harmony of the pattern, and radiate warm, soothing energy.
Encouraging you to pause throughout your day, to stimulate the senses and truly become present in the moment, these rare and exquisitely tactile pieces beg to be touched. Using meditative practice, the artist collaborates with the material, letting the Venetian plaster have its say in the creative process. Handcrafted with layers of pigmented plaster, the artworks feature precision gold gilding that exudes a sense of ancient luxury.
This original collection of plaster weave tapestries explores the relationship between the material, form, and craft. Italian plaster is seen traditionally to be a coating material to decorate and protect walls. It is not expected to take any other creative form. By treating it as a textile, I give the plaster pliability and the independence to take on new and surprising shapes. Once fragile and vulnerable, the material transforms, offering new expressive possibilities.
Each hanging in this collection is made by fusing Italian plaster with fabric, cutting it into strips and weaving together in a pattern suggested by the dynamics between the strips. The result is a unique pliable plaster tapestry with a loose and unrepeatable design.
A search for balance between natural imperfection, the random and visual harmony, the Aurora Études is a series of artwork and wall murals in which I hoped to create a pattern with organic texture that is vivid and striking yet soothing and calming. Made in earthy tones, these frescos invite the grounding energy of nature into a space, enhancing any interior, by capturing the process when the random becomes beautiful.
Handcrafted with authentic Italian plaster, each piece is touched with iridescent gold paint to give the texture another dimension. The fresco is applied onto watercolour paper or a strong PVC foam base. Each work is as diverse as the last and can be framed, hung or simply propped against a surface.