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Tatiana Potts

Education: University of North Carolina, Asheville, BFA

What is sense of place and how can it be created by an artist? What are the feelings that are evoked by looking at imaginary places in artistic compositions and how are these perceptions formed? The series of prints, Perceptions of Places are constructed by combining two or more images of decorative architectural details from trips back to my home in Slovakia and in the USA. They are viewed from different angles in order to create an illusion of imaginary three-dimensional spaces. Through the inclusion of the architectural details, in my mind, I can revisit the places that I experienced and develop a sense of place that is personal. The composition, however, is open to different interpretations based on the viewers’ perception of what is being observed. In addition, the composition contains the bold shapes of shadows that are either directly correlated to the three-dimensional place or detached and standing on their own creating their own plane, space or place. The images created on zinc plate, limestone and photo litho plate are printed on top of each other to accomplish multilayered compositions. Printing in layers allows me to manipulate the order of the individual layers and use of different range of colors to create more depth to the composition.

Tatiana Potts is a native of Slovakia. In her early 20s she studied English for two years in the United Kingdom, and then worked for ACDI/VOCA, a non-profit organization in Slovakia, where she served as the Manager of their Community Development Program. In 2000, she moved to the United States to advance her educational opportunities, completing a BA degree (cum laude) in 2004 from Clemson University with majors in Spanish Language and International Trade. In 2007, she started a Graphic and Web Design business. Being passionate about drawing all her life, she began formal art studies in 2009 at UNC Asheville where she discovered printmaking. While at UNCA she was awarded a grant from the University’s Undergraduate Research Program, the Office of Academic Affairs Scholarship and a full scholarship by the Windgate Charity Foundation to attend Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. Three of her large prints were purchased for the permanent collection of the UNCA by the Chancellor, the Ramsey Library and the Dean of Humanities. Most recently she was awarded the prestigious Herman E. Spivey Humanities Graduate Fellowship by the University of Tennessee.

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