British, 20th – 21st century, female.
Active in Germany.
Born 12 November 1965, in Canterbury (England).
Painter, draughtswoman, filmmaker, photographer, installation artist. Artists’ books.
Tacita Dean studied painting at the Falmouth School of Art (graduated 1988), the Supreme School of Fine Art in Athens (1989), and the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1990 to 1992. She lives and works in Berlin.
Dean works in a variety of media, but her preferred medium is 16mm film. The themes of time and memory inform her work, particularly the relationship between fact and fiction in the past and the present. Her films are inherently elusive and attempt to embrace the poetic middle ground between inner and outer worlds. Held together by a sparse narrative, Dean's films observes empty houses, open stretches of water, and vestiges of a forgotten and obsolete past on the verge of disappearance. An overwhelming stillness is generated by lengthy, static takes that excite a curious expectation in viewers as they search for meaning within and beyond the film. There is no narration, but the noises in the streets or gardens penetrate the silence and heighten the sense of foreboding. The sea and the elements are recurring themes in her work and address Romantic notions of the sublime. Her ...