Tansy Hargan

exploring landscape layers and lines


My work is the result of a long-term critical observation of landscapes and ecological processes.  I explore urban and rural places with my sketchbook, making brisk marks over layered blocks of colour, to simplify and record snapshots of what I experience.  Repetition and annotation are important parts of my process; both in helping me see and understand concepts and typologies, and as a way of generating multiple compositions for distinct bodies of work.  My mixed media palette is an allusion to the materials and processes of landscape: it is layered and adapted, diverse and inventive.  I deconstruct vintage garments to harvest high quality fabrics and embellished fragments, which I combine with utility textiles and commercial by-products.  My methods mimic geophysical actions, as I alter reclaimed materials by staining, bleaching, scraping, scoring, and slashing.  My work develops in stages, with layers added and taken away repeatedly, and traces of past iterations visible through and between subsequent veils and fibres.

Click on a thumbnail below to explore a series of my work.