Australian born artist Tania Wursig is of European heritage and has been based in both Sydney and Tahiti for the past decade.
Primarily a figurative and portrait painter, Wursig's work is predominantly a celebration of life, culture and the 'feminine'. Her recent paintings are imbued with strong cultural influences inspired by her travels and the people and the cultures that surround her.
A graduate of Sydney College of the Arts, majoring in fashion and textile design, Wursig experiments with the textural possibilities of painting on collaged surfaces of textiles, coconut husk, postcards and various ephemera collected on her travels. These grounds add narrative to the paintings connecting the subjects with culture and place.
"My passion for art and love of nature has always been paramount. As a young child, painting and drawing was how I played. My mother was a prominent Fibre Artist who always encouraged my “art play.” My maternal grandmother also helped pave my creative journey; a somewhat eccentric character, she was a yoga teacher and nature lover who lived mostly off the foods she grew in her wild garden, which she nurtured like a work of art." (In Her Studio magazine - August 2021)
Having had the great privilege to live in Tahiti for extended periods has opened my eyes and my heart to the importance of 'earth connection' and connection to culture. Over this time I have been fortunate to meet and learn from several cultural leaders and immerse myself in the richness of Tahiti's authentic traditions, which has become my primary source of inspiration.
In 2011 Tania Wursig was given the opportunity by Tahiti Tourisme Australia and Le Meridien Tahiti to live as artist in residence for 2 - 3 months each year.
"If you told me 10–15 years ago that I would be living and painting in Tahiti three months each year, I would have said, “You’re nuts!” Well this, fortunately, turned out to be true. In 2011 I was offered a fully sponsored three-month artist’s residency on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti. Ever since, I have returned annually to explore the islands, paint, gather inspiration, and conduct international painting workshops and art classes for locals. My exposure to the Polynesian people and culture has changed the course of my inspiration, my career, and my life most profoundly. Living with and experiencing the Tahitians’ way of life has opened my eyes and reconnected my heart to the importance of nature and connection to place and culture." (In Her Studio Magazine - August 2021)