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“I tessuti viventi formano una trama fibrosa che avvolge e collega tutti i fenomeni della vita; tuttavia sono fragili, possono essere danneggiati, esposti ai cambiamenti del tempo e alla fine si disintegrano. Nell’intreccio delle fibre di una tela è evidente il parallelo con quella fitta trama che invariabilmente mette in relazione fra loro i fenomeni della vita e le sorti degli uomini.” TANIA WELZ

Nata in Germania Tania Welz vive e lavora a Roma da oltre 20 anni. L’artista punta ad un utilizzo nuovo delle fibre, che la porta a scegliere stoffe e fibre “finiti” o destinati al riciclo e a connetterli tra loro, attraverso tagli, assemblaggi, bruciature ed imbottiture, fino a realizzare grandi opere di forte impatto cromatico e materico. Accostando materiali poveri a stoffe o inserti preziosi come l’oro, la seta e il broccato, mostra nelle le sue opere la prospettiva di una trasformazione dinamica e visualmente evocativa.

Le sue opere sono state esposte in mostre personali, collettive e fiere d’arte a carattere nazionale e internazionale ricevendo numerosi premi e riconoscimenti.           

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English version

“All living tissue forms a fibrous texture, wrapping and connecting all life phenomena. Yet it is fragile, can be damaged, is exposed to the changes of time and will finally perish. In fact, the interweaving of the fibres of a canvas parallels the dense weave of the phenomena of life and the fate of men one to another.” TANIA WELZ

Born in Germany, Tania Welz lives and works in Rome since over 20 years. Fabric is a vital and multi-faceted material, which the artist gives new life to by contaminating it with other elements, such as grafts of filaments of different composition, or damaging it to enrich it with emblematic and newfound significance. Through a stratified process of cross-references between the components of the fabric itself and reassembling it into more substantial meanings, she attempts to draw forth its vital essence, linking it to archetypal transformations inherent in everyone.

Welz operates through burns, cuts and padding of poor materials such as recycled jute and precious fabrics or inserts (gold, silk, brocade) reminiscent of ancient alchemical scientific studies. Just as the alchemic process aims at transforming everything into gold, so the artist’s intervention symbolically alludes to the possibility that in every material, even a poor one, there is a divine spark, a creative potential.

For despite the philosophy, the science, the technology, the evolutions of culture, our life continues to be a dense and diverse fabric, an immense canvas, of which we can only partially identify and master the threads.

www.taniawelz.com    @taniawelz