Tamara English’s work explores how the unseen moves in the physical realm. Her work integrates the visual vocabularies of Persian tile-work, illuminated manuscripts, electron tracings from bubble chambers, and forms derived from the natural world. In particular she references the rhythm and movement of the decorative elements found in mosques, Turkish dervish lodges, and medieval European sacred texts. The work stems from a fascination with the intersection of verticality and the horizontal, or the meeting place of the infinite and the linear, the imaginal and the actual.
English says, “quantum physics describes the universe as an ocean of particles in constant motion informing the physical and subtle worlds. In my work, I explore the question of what animates these particles and my fascination with the undercurrents of thoughts, emotions, beliefs, longings, and other deeper aspects of self. Yet my central concern focuses on individual and collective perceptions of the eternal, or Ground of Being. My work is an investigation of how I experience the movement of the eternal in my life.”
Composed of many layers the paintings become intersections for the visual language of different cultures and belief systems, driven by the exploration of the idea of encountering the eternal in each moment.
Tamara English lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
This Moment is a Garden of Delights, oil on canvas, 28x29
This Moment is a Garden of Delights II, oil on canvas, 24x24
What Burns Inside the Sunset III, oil on canvas, 24x24
Midnight, but Your Forehead Shines with Dawn, oil on canvas, 16x16
betweening, oil on canvas, 20x16, framed
There is a Sun-Warmth Inside Nurturing the Fruit of Your Being, oil on canvas, 24x24, framed
What Makes Sugarcane Sweet II, oil on canvas, 31x31
As That Begins, We Will Set Out, oil on canvas, 30x40, framed
More Than Your Favorite Song, oil on canvas, 30x40