Marjian Tsatsaros Tyagi

Marjian Tsatsaros Tyagi is a London born Canadian-Indian-Scottish-Greek contemporary artist and curator, currently based in the UK. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Photography from Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London (2020).

 

Marjian’s practice explores introspection and nature and their interaction with each other. In her work, these elements combine to reveal personal revelations, new worlds or forgotten memories. Most of this work involves elements of her upbringing while exploring vulnerabilities and strengths. In essence, her works are a method of exploring sense of place and understanding of self in the universe. The work comes from a personal starting point but then takes on a life that is relatable to each individual viewer.

Her artistic practice involves photography, film, drawing, sculpture and installation, often working across disciplines as the project demands.

Her work often examine traces of memory through objects that can never fully convey the experience of their original location. Their fragmentary nature means that they cannot be a legitimate representation of their context and personal ties. They explore the passage of time by highlighting faded memories to form, not knowledge, but a series of reflections. 

Caught in a shell, a moment is separated from the entire history of time through Tsatsaros Tyagi’s first interaction with it. Its epic history and subdued serenity now has the essence of the artist’s identity embedded within it. Marjian creates landscapes and maps from these collected shells that are totems for memory and natural history, embellishing something into the natural; a touch of fantastical married to a reference of something literal. A combination of nature and the imagination is created by both representing and resembling it.

Her work embraces the essence of the earth and the creation process, endeavouring to represent the energy or spirit of the evolving life within what seems to be frozen. The work is a bridge between the measurable and the instinctive. The discourse between these two dimensionalities reforms the concepts of measure and magnitude into a new world. She works to explore a new world bound by the dimensions of the paper, to map, to lay claim and take ownership of this wilderness. The impression passes through multi-dimensions. For instance, the natural formation of a shell through time, the image in the camera, the projection of the image, the image made by hands and finally the image in the viewer’s eye.

The work reflects the different ways that Tsatsaros Tyagi has formed connections with her identity since childhood, in an attempt to gain reassurance from the vast and cosmically unfathomable.

Education 

2021

MA Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art.

2021

Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern, The Warburg Institute.

2017 - 2020

BA First Class Hons Fine Art Photography, University of the Arts London.

2016 - 2017

Foundation Diploma Art and Design, University of the Arts London.

Exhibitions

Shows

2020

What does Photography have in Common with a Fork?, APT Gallery, London.

2020

Leave only Traces, The Copeland Gallery, London.

2019

FutureProof, Freerange gallery with Develop TGP, London.

2019

Clash, VAVA Art Collective, South Block, Glasgow.

2019

Merge, CGP Dilston Grove, London.

Curation

2020/21

Xhibit, Student Union University of the Arts London, Online.

2020

What does Photography have in Common with a Fork?, APT Gallery, London.

2020

Leave only Traces, The Copeland Gallery, London.

2019

FutureProof, Freerange Gallery, London.

Other Projects

2021

Middleground Project - Curator and co-developer.

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