“I visualise my work almost like it’s a piece of music. It might start in a particular way and then it builds – it still remains the same piece of music but you add to it so it becomes a richer piece.” – Tamara Dean, Chrysalis Magazine
Listen to Tamara Dean in conversation with ABC Radio National’s Melanie Tait on Weekend Arts. The interview, from Saturday 19 July, is now available to listen to here online on the ABC Radio National website. Dean discusses her move into full time fine art photography after working as a photojournalist for the 10 years while also juggling her fine art practice. Dean also discusses her most recent body of work and the intense processes involved in creating her images.
“The Edge describes a few things for me: the dramatic emotional landscape of teenage years when self-discovery begins and independence is forged; being on the cusp of moving from childhood to adulthood physically, along with the emotional uncertainty and vulnerability which imbues those teenage years. For me, this boy standing alone in the column of water symbolises that state of transformation and illumination.” – Tamara Dean, Anne Summers Reports, April 2014
“In this series I wanted to make the point that we have informal rites of passage other than binge-drinking. The places in nature that many of us are lucky enough to have access to in Australia and the USA are important social and environmental spaces for coming of age rituals. The rock drops and rope swings; the overgrown lots at the end of the street; the bushland nearby or at the back of the school. The spaces where teenagers go to flex their newfound independence.” – Tamara Dean, Anne Summers Reports, April 2014
As a photo journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald for over ten years, Dean describes the move from journalism to fine art as “… a huge step for me, a dramatically different approach in almost every way. My works went from being responsive to an existing situation, to becoming preconceived and directed.” – Tamara Dean, Anne Summers Reports, April 2014
Anne Summers, founder and editor of the online magazine as well as regular contributor for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, worked formerly as the Canberra bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review, was the editor of Good Weekend and has worked as a correspondent and reported for the Far East Review, Le Mond and the National Times.
“ ‘The Edge’ explores the informal rites of passage that young people create for themselves in the natural world. The initiations, the pushing of physical, spiritual and emotional limits in order to discover one’s sense of self.” – Tamara Dean
No longer guided into adulthood by the exacting customs of structured institutions, today’s youth are left to explore and discover their own sense of self, inevitably forming their own rituals and rites of passage, often closely aligned with their immediate surroundings and the natural world.
Dean’s series ‘The Edge‘ takes the viewer on a journey – exploring local haunts, observing initiations and navigating the emotional landscape of youth – with each work of the series unveiling an intimate moment of contemplation and trepidation.
Of the title work from the series, ‘The Edge’, American art critic Gregory Volk observes the 18 year old protagonist as “… at the cusp between boyhood and manhood, known and unknown, and this atmospheric waterfall seems downright baptismal, ushering him into the next complex stage of his life.” – Gregory Volk, Art in America 2014.
‘The Edge’ will be exhibited for the first time in its entirety at Olsen Irwin from 5 to 23 March 2014. With works from the series winning a New York Photo Award, being highly commended in the 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and Olive Cotton Award and named as a finalist in the 62nd Blake Prize, Art & About: Sydney Life and 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award – the highly anticipated Olsen Irwin exhibition is sure to be a big success.
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Tamara Dean wins 2013 New York Photo Award in the category ‘Fine Art Series’ with six images from her highly acclaimed series ‘The Edge’.
‘The Edge’ will be exhibited for the first in its entirety at Olsen Irwin in March 2014. With works from the series also winning the 2013 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, as well as being highly commended in the 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and Olive Cotton Award and named as a finalist in the 62nd Blake Prize and Art & About: Sydney Life – the highly anticipated Olsen Irwin exhibition is sure continue to build on this momentum. Olsen Irwin would like to congratulate Tamara for winning the New York Photo Award and for her outstanding photographic work.
“Dean’s powerful images exploring the informal rituals and rites of passage of young people within the natural world have won numerous awards, including the Olive Cotton Award and Sydney Life: Art & About. Her work has been exhibited around Australia and internationally, most recently at the 2013 Aspettando FotoLeggendo festival in Rome.” – Nicholas Forrest, Blouin Artinfo
Dean also explains the concept behind her most recent series The Edge, “In our increasingly secular society there are less and less formal transitionary markers, structured rites of passage and significant rituals for young people to guide them through critical stages in their lives.”
Read the article here on the Blouin Artinfo website.
Tamara Dean’s The Edge series will be exhibited at Olsen Irwin for Art Month Sydney from March 5 to 23
Tamara Dean has been selected as a finalist in The New York Photo Awards 2013. As one of four finalists in the Fine Art Series category, Dean will take part in an exhibition at The Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn from 15 January to 24 February 2014. There she will exhibit six images from ‘The Edge’ series. With winners announced at the opening on 21 January 2014, we wish Tamara Dean the best of luck and congratulate her on yet another accolade for her stunning imagery.
‘The Edge’ series will be featured in Dean’s upcoming exhibition at Olsen Irwin during Art Month from 5 to 23 March 2014.