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Tania Kupczak

County: King County




Grants for Artist Projects 2006, 2014
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Tania Kupczak is an artist who considers herself a discourse surfer in dance, film, and visual art. She holds a BA in biology from Oberlin College and an MFA in visual art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s the recipient of a Jack Straw Studios artist residency, and in 2014 was an artist-in-residence at Crater Lake National Park. She very much enjoys collaboration across disciplines. When she’s not working on set as a production designer for films, she’s in her studio making work about the weather and mapping, or climbing up some rocks.

Tania received 2014 GAP Award funding for creation of a short film about walking in the natural world, and the importance of really looking at what surrounds us, not only the grand vistas, but the beautiful, fragile, small details. She’ll write, shoot, edit, and present the work during a 12-day residency at Crater Lake National Park. The final work will be projected onto a snow wall she will build (or on some other natural feature), in easy view of the visitor’s center for a day.

Tania received 2006 GAP Award funding to purchase materials for the creation of a permanent site-specific installation. Using a topographical map of a site yet to be decided upon, she will take the legend and borrow its colors and symbols to create a new sound and image installation. The installation will take place in the elevator at On the Boards, Seattle. Those entering the elevator will move through a space that corresponds visually, using color and symbols, to the legend of the topographical map. Audio will enhance the immersive experience. Target date for completion of the project is August 2006.

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