Tanja Softic works across the media of printmaking, drawing, photography and book arts. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia.
Tanja describes, “I use languages of drawing, printmaking, photography and poetic text to explore questions of cultural belonging,…hybridity and memory. I work on and with the paper, the substrate civilizations are recorded upon and the platform that is being eclipsed by digital recording methods: the last bastion of tactility in the world of data and ideas. The processes themselves and metaphors they offer, the physicality of paper and drawing media, the visual sources I use, all inform my work”.
She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts/ Southern Arts Federation Visual Artist Fellowship and Soros Foundation—Open Society Institute Exhibition Support Grant. Her work is included in numerous collections in the United States and abroad, among them New York Public Library, Library of Congress Print Department and New South Wales Gallery of Art in Sydney, Australia. She participated in 12th International Print Triennial in Cracow, Poland and won a First Prize at the the 5th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino-cho Paper Museum in Kochi, Japan in 2002. She completed print projects at Flying Horse Press, Tamarind Institute and Anderson Ranch’s Patton Print Studio.
Using languages of printmaking, drawing, photography and poetic text, Softić explores questions of cultural belonging and cultural hybridity and reflects on the social, environmental and cultural phenomena of our time. Her sources range widely: from microscopic images of plant and animal tissues to close-ups of her garden, diagnostic images of human body to photographs of shadows and stains, architectural renderings and geographical maps to origami paper.
Currently, she is working on Catalog of Silence, a book of essays, photographs and poems about post-war Sarajevo.
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