Rusnak's drawings and tiny paintings, composed of numerous layers, are informed by her time in the natural world as well as by representations that describe nature such as: digital images, scientific representation as well as natural and manmade
patterns. Lichen, nests, fungi and tree galls hold a particular fascination for Rusnak who is also curious about how natural phenomena can be interpreted as metaphors for feelings and emotions.
Rusnak's painting process is organic and emergent.
She builds up the dozens of layers of colours, shapes, patterns and textures that intertwine, overlap and obscure each other. Fragments of the natural world show through and then are immersed again into the complex arrangement of layers. Often she
creates unusual effects in the work by using inventive painting techniques, such as employing sanders, grinders and dremmels as mark-making tools.
Her art practice also includes a branch of research where she investigates ecologically
sound/non-toxic art practices. She makes her own watercolour and oil paints from earth pigments and other natural ingredients. Her sculptural work is made from materials such as: reeds, willow wax, paper, wool and natural dyes.
Tamara Rusnak currently lives in Vancouver, BC. She recently completed her MFA at the University of Regina.|
2008-2011 MFA University of Regina, SK|
1990-1997 BA, BEd (Art, French) University of British Columbia, BC
1995 L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts Paris, France
2011 They’re All Hybrids, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON|
2010 An Ecology of Feeling, MFA Graduating Exhibition, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2010 Drawn, Juried Exhibition as part of the Drawn Festival, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Holons, With Monique Blom, Fifth Parallel Gallery, Regina, SK
2006 Purcell Wilderness, Port Moody Arts Centre, Port Moody, BC
2005 Purcell Wilderness, Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC
2002 Studio Blue Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010 Art and Ecology,” CBC Radio Interview, June 2010|
2010 Hailey Greke, “Holons on display at Fifth Parallel Gallery,” February 2010, INK
2006 Sarah Young, “Hiking through Purcell Park Inspired series of paintings,” February 15, 2006,The Tri-City News
2005 Michelle Hopkins “Richmond Artist goes wild with work,” The Richmond News December 20, 2005
2011 Governor General Gold Medal Award Nominee|
2011 Saskatchewan Arts Board Emerging Artist Award
2010 Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Graduate Scholarship
2009 Joseph Armand Bombardier Social Studies and Humanities Research Scholarship
2009 Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research SSHRC enhancement
2008 Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship