Tatawa (Wei Tan)
act of self-revelation through improvisation
Each artwork of Tatawa is a journal entry where outer influences are purged and inner responses are confessed. Like making soup, materials are thrown onto the canvas and mixed together through spontaneous gesture. Often a period of mindless doodling is carried out before the painting emerges with an unexpected coherence. Influences of sight and sound are exposed: the colour of a coffee mug, the shape of a distant hill, the meow of a cat, the piano playing next door. The process of improvisation allows each layer of influence to be shredded until the limitation of habit is revealed. This limitation is then challenged so that each painting is a set of broken habits. Tatawa’s commitment to authenticity results in an inconsistency in style. Each day a new character emerges and the old one disappears like shredding skin. The only constant is the desire to truthfully express the fluctuation of current states.