SWOOP & MELODIE
29 ST EDMONDS ROAD
OCTOBER 7 – 23 2011
Swoop & Melodie is a visual exploration of sound and movement that creates an intriguing illusion. A metaphor for human expression and relationships, the work illustrates the interdependent nature of things. With aesthetic balance and harmony the work explores this view through conversations between form, texture, colour and context. The intersecting geometry and multi-dimensional perspectives create a state of flux within the work.
An aesthetic that Taj describes as a ‘graphic tapestry’ his style can be best described as a contemporary blend of graffiti art, graphic design and abstract impressionism. The varied patterns in the work are inspired by his observation of architecture, textiles and repetition in nature. Geometric timber offcuts from a neighboring kaleidoscope factory provided a foundation and fascination for Taj as a child. Continuing to value unique Tasmanian timber his high standard of craftsmanship extends to his selection and construction of Blackwood frames.
Swoop & Melodie appeals to people’s intrinsic relationship to birds. The birds are a vessel for communicating Taj’s ideas and philosophy. Their simplistic beauty, purposeful nature, freedom and melodious expression demonstrate values which people aspire to in all aspects of life. Taj presents the birds in such a way that their existence within the work is clear to some and hidden to others. In this way he introduces the importance of our individual perception.
The use of washers present within this collection are a playful response to working in a mechanical environment. Taj’s interest in engineered objects is not with their intended function mechanically. Removing them from the commonplace he has accentuated their innate beauty as forms, moving from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.”
- Wassily Kandinsky