All of us are in a constant state of adjusting, adapting, and remaking ourselves. We do so in order to live with others and adapt to a rapidly changing world. Every adaptation is woven into ourselves, changing us in the process. These adjustments become part of who we are, a revised self. Yet not all adaptations are seamless. Often, they leave an imprint we carry with us. In my work, I seek to visually articulate these imprints, born out of adjusting, adapting and remaking ourselves. Using darning, embedding thread or paper inlay, I bring together two different surfaces. Each piece is my attempt to fill a hole or gap in the original material. In doing so, two pieces are joined together to make a unified surface. These two pieces then become dependent on one another.
Much of my work is inspired by my experience of living between cultures. I often choose to darn and inlay holes with the shape of a home or building. I am fascinated by additions and adjustments to homes. These are spaces created after the home was constructed to meet the evolving needs of its inhabitants. I seek out these spaces documenting them through photography and drawing and then extract from these images as I develop my work.
-Tanya Hastings Gill