Tina Tahir grew up in Southern Germany and currently lives in Chicago. Using images of nature and botany, she makes drawings, sculptures, books, and installations that survey the notion of impermanence. Tahir’s work urges a reconsideration of the natural world—poisonous foliage, toxic blossoms, and nature’s force over man-built spaces and objects—bringing its ambivalent character into focus.
Tahir’s temporal installations were shown, among others, at Gallery 400, Hyde Park Art Center, Threewalls, Ballroom Projects, all in Chicago; Paul Watkins Gallery, Winona, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and SCA Contemporary Art & Artlab, Albuquerque. She recently received the DCASE Individual Artist Creative Project Grant and the ArtSlant Prize 2015 Second Prize, and was a Finalist in the 10th Arte Laguna Prize competition for installation/sculpture. Tahir received an MFA in Studio from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
You’re invited to visit Tina in her studio (#9) in the Guida Family Creative Wing at the Art Center every Wednesday through July 27, 2016 from 2 – 6 pm.