Lives & Works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tiemar Tegene’s works are anchored in her training as a printmaker. She expands etching processes into monoprinting through spontaneous experiments, most often using household items for their varied and unique textures. Additions of coloured pencil allow her to forge repeating icons and patterns that become increasingly abstracted whilst adding layers of personal narratives. Channelling an intimate and complex response to the world around her, Tegene’s compositions are transmutations of her emotional experiences and reflections of her relationships with others. The details in her images convey echoes of stories told to Tegene by her friends, that she overheard on the street, or those drawn from song lyrics or films. Consolidating ‘real’ details with flourishes of imagination, her portraiture evokes specific and consuming universal emotional moments that ripple through the body and space. Tegene received a BFA in Printmaking from the Allé School of Fine Arts & Design in Addis Ababa.
Tiemar Tegene will be presented by Circle Art Gallery.