TANIA BLANCO's “Traces of the Sacred” was an escape and a visual journey into a serene, visionary haven.
Addison Center for the Arts presented TANIA BLANCO: Traces of the Sacred, an art exhibit featuring the artist’s mixed-media works on canvas from February 13 through March 15, 2019. On Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 4 PM to 7 PM members of the community attended a free reception to meet and discuss the artist’s work with her.
Blanco is a collage and mixed media artist from Naperville. She has served as the President and Vice President of the Midwest Collage Society since 2003.
In this exhibit, she is shared art works that bring you into her personal visionary space. In this space she offers up a refuge for spiritual reflection.
“The current exhibit of my work spans a 10-year period of creating collage and acrylic paintings and reflects this philosophy. My work frequently addresses spiritual symbols and themes, and my personal places are natural settings like parks, arboretums, sanctuaries for animals, or at an ocean beach, when the sun rises or sets and where I take meditative walks. I have included sacred symbols in each of the paintings in the current exhibit: mandalas, labyrinths, temples, Buddha images, figures on a spiritual journey and peaceful landscapes. Some of the paintings in this collection are abstract and the sacred may not be obvious to the viewer, but each was inspired by meditation or by contemplation of some sacred space. For me, the process of creating art is often akin to a type of evolving prayer in which layer upon layer unfolds. My hope is that each visitor who sees my exhibit finds some image that invites a personal and peaceful Reflection.”