Artist Profiles

Tanya Axford

Born 1973 Maidstone, Kent

Tanya Axford has developed a significant body of work since graduating from Newcastle University in 1997, and has exhibited widely. Often using multiples of everyday items, her works are often site-specific, making installations and interventions for both the gallery space and the landscape. Using mass-produced and familiar materials Axford manipulates, challenges and transforms them into temporary works, systematically fulfilling their latent potential with unique and playful results. She describes her work as 'concerned with the creation of opulent, striking and immersive environments, firmly grounded in reality'.

Axford has participated in many residencies and fellowship programmes including the Wasanii International Artists Workshop in Kenya (2004), the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, leading to a solo show (2004), the Artist for Fishquay residency in North Shields, and a residency at Kielder Forest, supported by the Samling Foundation in partnership with the Kielder Art and Architecture Programme.

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