Tina Whelan is a visual artist working mainly in textiles and print.
Currently my work explores processes of evolving and dissolving; staining to and scorching fro. I like working with debris of nature, things washed up from the sea, combined with upcycled personal memorabilia – scraps from a lifetime of hoarding. I evoke the principles of wabi sabi, which state that we are always evolving towards or from nothingness. In the west, we regard “nothingness” as negative. Wabi sabi regards “nothingness” as full of potential. I knot, twine, wrap and suture my tales with textiles. The medium is thin, flexible and strong; and in time becomes worn out, eventually disappearing, as do we as humans.
23 cm height X 26 cm width
seaweed, wax, metallic thread, envelopes, photocopies and paper dollies
16 cm height X 44cm width
birch bark, wax, ribbon, acupuncture needle, spray paint, envelopes, photocopies and paper dollie