Bio and artist statement
Tanya Louise Workman is an artist-researcher whose work with voice and tactile sound installation oscillates in the space between what is heard and felt. Arriving at her practice through a trauma-informed lens, she is most interested in creating and holding spaces that invite intimacy, connection and embodied, felt experiences.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Tanya received her MFA from Maine Media College + Workshops in 2022. She also holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, a post-graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers and a photojournalism diploma from Loyalist College.
In 2018-19, Tanya was part of the inaugural Akin Studio Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto. She has completed additional sound art studies through GUSAC, the Gutenberg Sound Art Academy, in Mainz, Germany.
Tanya's photographic, multimedia and audio/sound work has been exhibited and screened in spaces in Toronto and internationally, including with PhotoSensitive, Project Re•Vision, Magnum in Motion and Workman Arts, and at Gallery 44 and MOCA Toronto. Her writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, TV Guide Canada and Canadian Living. Her first radio doc, "What Happened to Your Face?," aired on CBC Radio's The Doc Project.
Through spoken word, sound, installation, images and writing, I tune in to the embodied experience. My body is a radio, both a receiver and a transmitter; I listen in to make audible, visible and tactile what the body holds – what reverberates between interior and exterior selves, between what is seen and heard.
Photograph by Sean Patenaude