South African born, Tamsin Relly currently lives and works in London, where she completed her Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2011. She has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and South Africa and her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections locally and abroad. In October 2014 she joins a two week expeditionary residency program onboard a ship in the Svalbard region of the Arctic Circle.
L’MAD Collection invited Relly to explore the art of tapestry – a medium foreign to her usual practice of painting, drawing and printmaking. Exploring the art form has enabled Relly to consider it as an exciting new format for her contemporary art practice. Business as Usual, 2014 is a collaboration between Tamsin Relly, L’MAD Collection and Marguerite Stephens of the Stephen’s Tapestry Studio.
Based on imagery from the the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Business as Usual explores notions of power abuse and environmental devastation. Measuring a vast 2400 x 2250 mm, the artwork was woven in mohair on a traditional loom by the Stephens Tapestry Studio. The work is an edition of 3.
Directed by Marguerite Stephens, the Stephens Tapestry Studio is known for translating the original concepts of many South African artists, including William Kentridge into intricate, large-scale tapestries. The studio employs a team of local weavers, spinners, and dyers who work on vertical looms using mohair spun in Swaziland.
To view more of Relly’s work visit tamsinrelly.com