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DESIGNING THE UNEXPECTED SINCE 1997

TAMMI SHARES HER PROCESS

I’m sure there is a real title for what I do, but I call it Dimensional Painting because I create form to a canvas by adding texture, height and dimension to a flat canvas.  For me, the abstractness of my work allows a viewer to experience each piece based on what they see. 

I love that many of my pieces can be hung in a variety or directions… vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  What I love the most about these pieces are how they interact with light when hung on the wall (both sunlight and artificial lighting).  Each piece changes throughout a day with the varying angles of light.  The pieces are very experiential since they are constantly changing with light as well.  Each work has its’ own unique story to tell through the play of shadow and light.  Some pieces focus more on the dimensional design while others focus more on the entire canvas. 

For the dimensional painted pieces, I draw design inspiration from ethnic/regional tiles, traditional mandalas, tattoo flashart, sacred geometry, nature and more.  I will create a design on paper and move it to tracing paper to ensure the scale for a canvas is correct.  I then draw a design on the canvas (yes, erasers are my favorite tool on some days).  For a design to work for my purposes, I have to be able to envision a flat design as having dimensional properties (highs and lows) so sometimes I sit with a design for several days before starting it!  

To create dimension (I use a combination of things) but the process is always the same.  Slowly, I will build dimension to the canvas heights one layer at a time.  This can take up to 14 days (with drying time between layers) to get the dimensions where I’d like them to be.  Some larger pieces have taken over 6 weeks to build the dimensions up to where I want them.  I will then create additional texture to a design by adding either paper and/or cloth to the piece.  Lastly, I use a combination of acrylic paints, pastels and chalk to help bring out the top layering of texture. 

May you find a piece of original art to grace your sacred space!
Tammi Rager

Tammi's Bio

Tammi Rager is self-taught, Columbus-based, mixed media abstract artist utilizing a variety of materials and mediums.  For her one-of-a-kind art, Tammi uses a wide variety of mediums including (but not limited to):  paint, water, modeling paste, plaster, foam and more.  She creates multiple layers of medium to achieve the 3D effect that makes observers want to reach out and touch the art.  Her artistic goals are to promote peace, encourage self-awareness, and offer relief from daily stress.  Tammi is deeply inspired by nature, global patterns and symbolic imagery.  She works to produce her interpretation of mindfulness art (which encourages grounding and focusing).  Tammi focuses on bold lines, lighting/shadow interplay and unique colors to achieve designs for every sacred space.  Tammi’s techniques can be compared to a blending of sculpture and painting given her use of texture and the manipulation of mediums.  Tammi has been a featured artist with solo exhibitions as well as being part of group exhibitions.


Exhibitions

Tammi has shown her work in both Private and Group Exhibitions.

2021:
     Evolution in Isolation Exhibition at 400WRich - March (Group Exhibition)

2020:
     All Events Cancelled due to Covid-19

2019:
     Chromedge Studios - May (Solo Artist)
     Columbus Art Festival Artist Exhibition - June (Group Exhibition)
     Columbus Open Stage & Studios - September (Group Exhibition)
     Carnegie Exhibition Space/Columbus Main Library - August to October (Group Exhibition)
     Chromedge Studios - November (Solo Artist)

 


#1 TEXTURED CANVAS

#2 BACKGROUND

#3 DEFINING IMAGE

#4 COMPLETED PIECE