My practice looks at memory, myth, illusion and the natural world. In my current work I have been exploring the idea of nature as a cultural artifact. Animals and elements of the natural world are presented as the remains of a cultural memory.I draw on a wide range of influences from Gothic, Primitivism, Eastern Philiosophy, Psychology, the Natural and Scientific Sciences. Much in the same way that memory is an allusive state the works serve more as recollections and souvenirs of their former selves.I want to keep the past present inside the image and imbue it with its own resonance. I see my work as articulating a vocabulary of memory and by transforming nature into a kind of cultural residue of man's activity I want to highlight it is something that we are close to losing.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Tanya Chaly completed both her Undergraduate and Post Graduate Degrees from the UNSW, College of Fine Arts. In 2002 she enrolled in a Bachelor Of Art History at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France. She has held several solo shows and been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes. They most recently being in 2006 a NSW Ministry for The Arts, Gunnery Residency in Sydney, Australia. She has exhibited in numerous group and selected exhibitions ; the Australian Contemporary Art Fairs ,The Leicester City Gallery, UK, EICH University of Humberside Gallery, Hull, UK and Sint Lucas Galerij, Bruxelles, Belgium. Her work can be found in The Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery,Queensland, Nortel Australia, Crown Casino, Melbourne and other private and corporate collections in Australia, the UK and the United States.