Tancha Dirickson is the artistic name of Andrea Dirickson Garrett. She is a native Brazilian and Canadian multimedia artist living and working on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Although she was brought up in a family that supported creative endeavors through patronage and the collecting of contemporary Brazilian artwork, it was only after a career in the field of biomedicine and public health that she finally realized that making art was what made her most fulfilled.
In her recent artistic research and practice she creates 'relational aesthetics' based work. This body of work is often based in collaborative projects using irony and humor to convey critical perspectives about the challenges of our contemporary times. Her artistic themes are food production, preservation of agricultural lands, technology dependency, human migration and displacement.
Dirickson's multimedia work is often multidisciplinary, inspired by several disciplines such as cultural studies, philosophy and environmental ethics. In her appreciation for street parades, carnival and popular games she created in 2012, in Italy, The Pasta Dance and in 2013, the Salt Spring Island 1st International Tournament of Aquatic Skipping Stones, involving the community and other artists.
She believes her practice is difficult to be categorized, as her commitment is not to a specific medium or subject matter per se, but to her imagination. Dirickson works in parallel with her art as an independent art researcher focusing on contemporary Brazilian experimental art.
Her fine art studio practice spanning more than a decade involves printmaking and abstract painting, examining color surface, open spaces and peripheral islands. Tancha Dirickson has an Interdisciplinary MFA in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia.
where to see or read more
shows: Tancha has joined the collective Gage Art Gallery, in Oak Bay, Victoria and is exhibiting work from Sept 14th until October 3rd.
recent work: Tancha hosted an exhibition and presentation of her Relational Aesthetics art event International Tournament of Aquatic Skipping Stones at ArtSpring, with a reception on October 1st and exhibit continued through October 9th, 2013.
web: Read the Driftwood review by Elizabeth Nolan about the Skipping Stones event.
Listen and view video about Tancha's Pasta Dance with Scott Simmons here.
More about the Pasta Dance here.
The Pentiction Art Gallery has a video performance by Tancha here.
An excellent interview with Tancha.
documents: documents shared by the artist for further reading
contact the artist