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Tiffany Singh is a New Zealand Installation based artist. Her philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient cultures.

This site houses her current work.

Clay. It’s rain, dead leaves, dust, all my dead ancestors. Stones that have been ground into sand. Mud. The whole cycle of life and death - Martine Vermeulen 

Working in the studio with Richard Orjis, getting all earthy and whole again.

In the studio again. This time the Tylee cottage where artist Richard Orjis is in residency. We are collaborating on a suite of works with Tessa Laird for a show at Melanie Roger Gallery  in April. We are currently responding to each others works and passing them between us so we have all worked on the same works together. Almost like a modern day immortal corpse.

Details of the Samsara temples on show at Bartley + Company Art as a  part of A Mustard Field Of The Mind on show until the 29th of March.  Artist/writer Tessa Laird opens up the multiple possibilities inherent in Tiffany Singh’s art practice. What Laird has described as the “constant engagement with the aesthetics of elsewhere” in Singh’s work enables viewers to journey with all senses to a territory outside the usual ambit of contemporary New Zealand art.

Details from the show I have just curated with Taiwanese artist Yen Yi Chen, as apart of her Asia New Zealand Foundation exchange program. The exhibition was shown at Whitireia after teaching the intensive week program. I designed the conceptual framework of the course around The Language Of Materials.

The seeds of new work. Literally, as these works are all distilled by natural dyes; indigo, coprosma, marigold, tanekaha, blackberry, raurekau, eucalyptus, cochineal, rosemary & rose to extract my particular colour spectrum. I have been experimenting with hapa-zome a ancient Japenese technique that transfers the natural pigment of flowers, taught to me by natural dye sensai Deb Donnelly

This wonderful collaboration between my wax guardian, bee & mala with Laura's talented eye is the latest of instalments from Laura Forest Photography. This altar of natural arrangement is keeping watch over Ghuznee St in Wellington as a part of A Mustard Field Of The Mind on show at Bartley+Company Art . Feel its presence and see the Samsara Buddhas and temples on show till the end of the month.

Samsara Buddhas on show at Bartley + Company Art  as a part of the exhibition titled by the pungent phrase - A Mustard Field Of The Mind  from British novelist Hari Kunzru.  These guardian angel forms are from the organic beeswax that is scraped back to create the square altar forms also on show.

Samsara buddhas - available individually

year: 2013
size: 300 x 90 x 110 mm each
media: beeswax, titanium white, silver pigment, petals, 
beetles wings, bees, Indian mala beads, rice, copper

One World One People seminar at Chaucer School, this week in Auckland. Working with young people to help realise their hopes and dreams. These are a few results of the conversations we had about our future responsibilities to Aotearoa.

Skull studies for future work. Dying with natural dyes on retreat on the Kapiti coast. These guys will develop into feathered, boned, stoned works of preciousness. Skulls are continuing the enquiry into death and how we deal with it. By looking at these relics im hoping to open more discussion around the subject through a little beauty and intrigue.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE is a collaborative project were participating creative’s have been invited to present their tools in a physical and or digital form to allow each of us the chance to engage in the process of forming a new network of understandings and relationships about the artists working process.
Friday, 7th of March, 6:00PM 7-29 March 2014 
PAULNACHE, Upstairs 89 Grey Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

TOOLS OF THE TRADE is a collaborative project were participating creative’s have been invited to present their tools in a physical and or digital form to allow each of us the chance to engage in the process of forming a new network of understandings and relationships about the artists working process.

Friday, 7th of March, 6:00PM 7-29 March 2014 

PAULNACHE, Upstairs 89 Grey Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

TIFFANY SINGH

A Mustard Field Of The Mind

6 – 29 March 2014

You are warmly invited to attend the opening preview and to meet Tiffany

Thursday 6 March, 5.30 – 8pm

The pungent phrase – a mustard field of the mind – from British novelist Hari Kunzru via Kiwi artist/writer Tessa Laird opens up the multiple possibilities inherent in Tiffany Singh’s art practice. What Laird has described as the “constant engagement with the aesthetics of elsewhere” in Singh’s work enables viewers to journey with all senses to a territory outside the usual ambit of contemporary New Zealand art.

Bartley + Company Art. 56A Ghuznee Street. Wellington, 6011. New Zealand

South Ways | Southern Perspectives

A workshop for up to 25 people to consider ways of art making that are characteristic of the South.  The subject of this ‘south way’ is to consider the relation between Maori and Western frameworks for art making as a form of gift-giving.  While Western art largely circulates through the market, much creative activity in the South occurs in ritual contexts, such as ceremonies of hospitality. How to create art as a gift that sustains practice?

THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 9 - 12PM                 

bellsofmindfulness1:

chapter 4 dipped in beeswax

This chapter reveals the process of the bells. The addition of the beeswax onto the bell loops for the tree installation. Providing a direct link to the earth. This beeswax and earth also provides a delicious aroma attracting the bees and in doing aiding pollination for the Montalvo gardens.

Singh uses a variety of natural materials in her artworks including beeswax, spices, rice and flower petals. These objects relate to her interest in colour and to wider environmental concerns. By using beeswax, Singh makes connections between the artwork and the environment the wax comes from. She also draws attention to the life of bees – the way they gather nectar, distribute pollen and make wax and honey. Singh comments, ‘Bees are such an intrinsic part of the work – they are key collaborators with me.’

bellsofmindfulness1:

The beautiful harvest of the persimmon tree. As collected by the Andrea Blum architect of My American Pantry. The amazing culinary whiz who spoilt us every night as the Montalvo Arts Centre culinary fellow. A dear friend and talented artist Andrea’s bell turned up beside one of her favourite foods from one of my favourites trees.

The harvest of persimmons from the tree in the Italianate garden that served as my canvas for Bells Of Mindfulness at Montalvo, California