At the heart of Tahnee’s work lies an endless search. In the literal sense this has been about telling a story, but more recently the searching has turned inward. In previous works she has depicted a journey made by ambiguous characters. A trail of wanton fearful animals, clipping at the heals of those in front to escape whatever chases. They search for the light. Now this idea of searching has moved into a more conceptual place. Searching, scratching the ground beneath us, for meaning.
Deciphering Tahnee’s art is often like unravelling her most private thoughts. The question ‘what are we doing here’ arising often. There is a loss of reality, a ‘falling through a hatch door that leads nowhere’ kind of fear.
Colour appears to lift her work from the macabre and burdening to the lighter echelons of frivolity and pop culture. But scratch the surface and a whole new world is revealed.