See Bird IV

Tanja Geis

See Bird IV, 2016

Cyanotype on paper
36 x 25 inches
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The See Bird series is based on mirrored ink drawings of common murres (seabirds), that died of starvation and washed up in unprecedented numbers along the California coast in the summer of 2015. Local researchers suspect their deaths are related to warming waters that drove their prey to cooler, unreachable depths.

Tanja Geis makes paintings, installations, videos and participatory events that explore liminal and mongrel spaces as zones for the transformation of ecological perception. Geis holds an M.F.A. in Art Practice from University of California Berkeley, an M.R.M. in Marine Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland, and a B.A. in Fine Art from Yale University. She has exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and galleries in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Japan, and Iceland. Geis' awards include a 2015 Graduate Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2014 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from The San Francisco Foundation, and a 2014 Graduate Arts Grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. Geis was born in Hong Kong and lives in Oakland, CA.