Thistle – art4ONE4all
This first project from the art4ONE4all series is inspired by Thistle – a young transient hitchhiking from Chicago to Mexico who I met playing music on the streets of Provo, Utah. She had no money and no other belongings than the musical instruments she carried. I was very touched by her experiences and the wisdom she had gained during her extensive travels. As a result, I decided to make a performance piece inspired by Thistle’s story. When I asked Thistle what the most important experience in her life was, she said, “Personally my favorite feeling when I am on the road is when I’m by myself and I’m standing on the side of the highway on the interstate on the on ramp. I can’t even compare anything to it, not knowing who’s going to pick you up: you just left all familiarity. I love traveling with people, don’t get me wrong, but for some reason when I’m just standing there by myself I feel alone, but not lonely – just alone. And just happy to be standing there. Genuinely fucking loving it.” I decided to re-perform this moment where I would be hitchhiking, standing on the side of the road. I wanted to somehow capture this moment forever. I spray painted the silhouette of my shadow onto the road, leaving this image permanently imprinted as a memorial to Thistle’s experience. This project is a permanent piece made in Lytle Creek, California.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, UT, Central Utah Art Center, UT, Wexner Center for the Arts, OH, Torrance Museum of Art, CA, Urban Arts Space, OH, am Huston University, TX WSU Shift Space Gallery, KS, Incheba, Slovakia,
Tatiana Svrckova Larsen was born in Cadca, Slovakia and lived there until she emigrated to the US in her twenties. She has attended Josef Vydra School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia and University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Larsen has exhibited her work in venues such as Urban Arts Space in Columbus, OH, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Central Utah Art Center in Salt Lake City, UT as well as several alternative gallery spaces and performance venues in Los Angels and Wichita areas. Her videos have screened at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH, Torrance Museum of Art in Torrance, CA and Sam Huston University in Huston, TX. Tatiana’s work often explores the “grey area” between the past and present and the idea of passing from one state of existence to another. Larsen’s step into the realm of selfless art was heralded by her continuing project, art4ONE4all. This project consists of a series of artworks that begin with an interview. As Larsen learns about her subjects, she becomes inspired by the unique experiences and lives each person has lived. Larsen then begins the process of transforming these stories into works of art. Whether they be video, performance, installation, public site specific works, photography, painting, sculpture, or drawing is determined by the experiences which inspired her. These pieces allow the personal stories of others to be brought to light in a public setting, reminding us that we all have stories to tell.
Photo by: Thomas Larsen
This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here.