Installations > "On Vacation" 2018

"Writers (Artists) are on holiday, but their Muse is awake and gives birth non-stop."
-Roland Barthes, Mythologies

Over the course of two months during the summer of 2017, I visited three cities and two countries I had never seen before. During that time, I was undertaking an artist-in-residence program at the Joan Mithcell Center in New Orleans, followed by teaching a printmaking course in Paris, and ending with a trip to Berlin. My preconceived idea of vacation and leisure no longer existed. As I toured the highly trafficked, touristy landmarks and, alternatively, spoke with natives, I noticed a pattern connecting each city. All three disparate places had crucial impediments that have affected the world and shaped the way I viewed these cities. I became engaged in the historical context and contemporary personas these cities represented. It became unavoidable that I saw beyond the everyday perception of tourism and vacationing while considering my connection and relationship with these various places as an African-Amerian woman, an identity that is of the diaspora. On Vacation explores that journey through uncharted territories in an attempt to piece together a new narrative through the replication of photographic scenes with printmaking and sculpture, through the lens of an artist "on vacation."

-Tyanna Buie

Pink Pipe Labyrinth
Acrylic, PVC Pipe
2018
Pink Pipe Labyrinth, detail
Acrylic, PVC Pipe
2018
Pink Pipe Labyrinth
Acrylic, PVC Pipe
2018
Pink Pipe Labyrinth
Acrylic, PVC Pipe
2018
Woman Holding Magnolia #1
Screen-Print, Caran D'ache, Hand applied ink, Collage on Paper
50''x38''
2018
Woman Holding Magnolia #2
Screen-Print, Caran D'ache, Hand applied ink, Collage on Paper
50''x38''
2018
City Window
Screen-Print, hand-applied ink on paper
6.5' x 3.5'
2018
Point of Reference #1
Hand cut screen-print, caran d'ache on paper
46''x32''
2018
Point of Reference #2
Hand cut screen-print, caran d'ache on paper
46''x32''
2018
Point of Reference #3
Hand cut screen-print, caran d'ache on paper
46''x32''
2018
Return
ink on paper, cement cast steps
7'x4'
2018
Return, detail
Screen-Print, hand-applied ink on paper, cement cast steps
7'x4'
2018
Unauthorized
Screen-Print, hand-applied ink on paper
4''x12''
2018
Unauthorized, detail
Screen-Print, hand-applied ink on paper
4''x12''
2018