My work is rooted in social issues. Growing up in communist Czechoslovakia as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I was told to toe the line in school while at home do not trust “them” was the dictum. This conflicting advice provided a schizophrenic lens through which I see the world.
I create installations and artist’s books that explore politics, economy, environment and social justice issues. I’m interested in finding the proper visual language to address these weighty topics. Using satire, whimsy and at times an element of surprise, I try to bring the viewer into the conversation. My work is rooted in printmaking. I like the graphic nature of the medium as well as it’s historical role as the medium for the masses.
Tatana Kellner is the recipient of Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship,Puffin Foundation Grant, Photographer’s Fund Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant.
She has exhibited internationally at the Hessische Museum in Darmstadt, Germany and nationally in museums and galleries including Kentler International Drawing Space, Islip Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Everson Museum, Samuel Dorsky Museum, Neuberger Museum, CEPA Gallery, Center for Photography at Woodstock, among others. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Fundacion Valparaiso, Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Light Work, Visual Studies Workshop, Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, among others.
She is the founding member and Artistic Director of Women’s Studio Workshop, an artists’ workspace in Rosendale, NY.