Tatjana Meier’s work is internationally influenced and stylistically versatile. In variable approaches and themes, motives and styles, her pictures show the expressive potential of figurative representation up to abstraction.
Her biography explains the adaptation of several cultures: Born in Russia, Meier studied languages in Orenburg and Dresden and trained as a visual artist parallel to her studies: Through stays abroad and further training she acquired Russian, German, Italian and Iraqi painting traditions – visual languages are differentiated and perfected.
The projects are international: since 2008 exhibitions in various countries, artist cooperations and art projects with her students. Meier works conceptually on various themes, mostly in series. Her style is always adapted to the subject matter, changing it individually in colour and form, rhythm and ductus. The starting point is something experienced, something seen or read.
Thus, trips to Italy inspired atmospheric landscapes of ruins – surreal places of the past. Dynamic line swings of the costumes in the Carnevale di Venezia make the figures seem disembodied and abstract. Pianos, inspired by a Dresden exhibition, are strangely alienated by unusual perspectives and mirror effects; the fine chromaticism of muted colours emphasises the affinity to music.
Whether surreal-alienating, literary-symbolic or natural-dynamic – Tatjana Meier transforms visual appearances and ideas into individual aesthetics.
© Dr. Marina Linares, art historian