Tanya Wolski is an American-Belarusian artist. Born in Minsk, Tanya has lived and worked in the USA since 2004 when she moved to study and explore visual art. Continuously experimenting with new forms, Tanya explores the boundaries between pop art and immediacy of its meaning. She says: "I don't want viewers to read text according to the letters, as it becomes a subtle exercise in perceiving the meaning. I knew I needed the surrounding context for people to access my work. That's why I thought of 'icons' in different perspective. I considered icons of American culture as artifacts to represent the aspect of cultural identity.

Highlights of the socialĀ  culture and moments of obsessiveness are my chief interests in the recent work. It leads me to the idea of anthropomorphic characteristics found in all sorts of objects that surround us, for instance in paintings such as 'Cheeseburger with Green Apples' or 'A Slice of Pizza'. I use the Anthropomorphic code all the time to compare, understand and make sense of forms. It is a type of code, as a metaphor of course, that helps to process the information surrounding us every single day. Toys, animals, fast food, accessories, household items have appeared in my work. They possess the qualities applicable to a human. It is a powerful method to communicate various ideas. Humanlike attributes help to deliver the message in the most comprehensible way. It represents the 'something' familiar, biological, psychological, and basic.

A simple toothpaste becomes an unusual subject matter for the painting, choking with the whole new world of deliciousness. I choose abstracted depiction of my ideas, reserving the space for the potential various interpretations. It means, I intentionally avoid any realistic expression considering it to be too restrictive and programmed.
The work has to convey mysticism and underlying humor, while texts and titles resemble popularĀ  elements of our culture. I introduce new mixtures, for instance, combining homonyms in the 'Sausage Engineering' painting, where the hot dog is in an obvious transition between two concepts. The eye-catching popping color patterns are scaling to the maximum - a bit more becomes a norm, forging inspirational vision for the future."