Misery

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MISERY (Tanja McMillan)

Grey Lynn Artist Tanja McMillan (Misery), is undeniably one of New Zealand's most beloved female wall and pop artists, fiercely independent, as a country we have seen her life and work develop. Internationally she has done us proud, having exhibited in Berlin, Taiwan, Melbourne, Paris, Hawaii and Los Angeles.

Her creative reach is extensive, ranging from highly crafted paintings and wall art to animation, fashion and toys and more recently children’s decor brand Misery Guts. Tanja also sculpts, having completed two commissioned bronzes in Auckland’s Art District of Karangahape Road in 2016.

Stylistically she could be equated to a saccharine Bill Hammond, with obvious visual references to her Tahitian / Chinese heritage, which can be seen through her subject matter, flattened depth of field, mode of storytelling and outstanding ink work.

Artist's website: misery.com

Artwork is printed on Ilford Smooth Cotton Rag 310gsm, with Archival Inks by Fine Art printer Sanji Karu at Skar Image Lab
Paper size: A4 (210 × 297mm).

This archival print has been created with authority of Tanja McMillan.
Sales will only be available for the month of November 2017.

Estimated delivery date 10th – 17th December 2017.

Each artist was asked to create an artwork about tiki, and what it means to them, especially for the event.
Artist statement on their artwork:
Tiki to me symbolises the first man/human life telling a story of time and place on the earth. They are sacred like earth gods/goddesses. My tiki is a representation of the Mother celebrating femininity, fertility and life. Inspired by Hine-Mataone, the Tahitian wife of tiki, who gave birth to man and now rules the underworld.

– Tanja McMillan 2017

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