Anda Tanaka


In my work I deal with anxiety from different angles. I explore it from an analytical point of view, thinking about its causes, effects, and the feeling itself as I experience it in my body. I often employ printmaking in this endeavor as the repetitive quality of the medium lends itself to creating pieces that connote obsessiveness.


My paintings and monotype prints usually come from a more intuitive, expressive place. I am drawn to making landscapes that utilize negative space and abstraction to create visual quiet and a feeling of expansiveness. In these works, I search for moments of stillness amidst perceived chaos.


I am motivated as an artist to combat anxiety by examining it while seeking stillness. I advocate that we become uncomfortable with it as an underlying yet pervasive aspect of our environment.