Tyger, Tyger, Pussycat - Sorry Mister Blake
This painting depicts several cats climbing a tree. For the artist, paintings and the act of painting provide synaesthetic experiences, saying: "A good painting, to me, always has a certain sound."
Schwarz's work draws from ancient myth and philosophy as much as from our contemporary moment—combining the present and the past with a subtle portion of sarcasm and dark humor. The artist's paintings function as both inward- and outward-directed observations, exploring personal questions about love, new beginnings and the celebration of life. Schwarz's work also examines identity and current sociological, psychological and political issues. The artist's compositions are both allegorical and steeped in riddles, functioning as dynamic processes suspended in time.
The artist's work ranges from the very dynamic to compositions of quiet moments and delicate tones. About her work, Schwarz says: "I'm interested in dualities and the concept of the contrary nature of things (and humans, of course). My work has become more personal and intimate in the last couple of years. These weird crutches and wooden legs started to show up. I somehow liked the aesthetic, but it was always about so much more to me than just that, and the recent years with all the motion and sense of uncertainty just underlined that gut feeling. They seem like a replacement for something missing—or did I replace something even before it was gone?"
Tina Schwarz’s sarcastic and darkly humorous paintings are both explorations of personal questions—including love and the celebration of life—and examinations of current sociological, psychological and political issues. The artist’s dynamic compositions feature expressively bent and transformed figures in spaces that the protagonists dissect, organize and animate. Drawing from ancient myth and philosophy as much as from our contemporary moment, Schwarz’s works are steeped in riddles; they are allegorical and dynamic processes immersed in their time, critically engaging viewers as they lead them floating through a dream.