Photo by Luis Ascui for The Age.

Photo by Luis Ascui for The Age.

 

Tai Snaith is an Australian artist, curator and writer whose work focuses on making objects and images and telling stories. 

Tai's practice employs many different forms of research and materials and presents them within widely varying contexts including drawing, painting, ceramics, writing and publishing. Her work is often personal, collaborative and experimental.

Her current work is concerned with understanding aspects of her adaptive unconscious mind and assigning it as primary decision-maker within her art practice.  The process of arranging and re-arranging fragments and various parts in a kind of meditative state opens the floodgates to the lower order functions of the mind, which she considers a form of β€˜doing before knowing.’

In addition to making, a large part of Tai's practice is involved in the discourse and community surrounding art. Tai hosts a regular review of visual art on Triple R fm and is an active board member of C3 Contemporary Art Space. In the past, Tai has worked as a producer and curator for Next Wave FestivalMelbourne Fringe and Melbourne Emerging Writer's festival and has presented project spaces at Rotterdam Project(OR) art fair and Melbourne Art Fair. She has been published in Art and Australia, Architecture Australia, Un Magazine, Houses and Artlink. She has published (written and illustrated) two picture books with Thames and Hudson with her next title being released in early 2017.

Tai is an active member of the Melbourne arts community and has exhibited widely in both artist run and commercial spaces since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. She has been awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Tokyo studio residency and numerous state and federal project grants. Tai has work in the NGA works on paper collection, Artbank, Banyule City art collection and numerous private collections.