The creation of Tanis Maria S'eiltin's art is informed by her rich Tlingit heritage and a philosophy that is in constant flux. She was born into a family of artists and her mother, Maria Miller, was an exceptional skin-sewer and master weaver of Chilkat Robes. Tanis states that her "formal art training began at home."
Tanis received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. However, it was in graduate school at the University of Arizona in Tucson where her political voice and unique aesthetic sensibility culminated.
Artistic statements of resistance and hope that reference the impact of Western colonization are evident in her installations, videos, prints and a recent series of non-functional handbags titled "Savage Apparel." She is a 2005 recipient of the Eiteljorg Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tanis' primary goal as an artist is to make art that matters; "I strive to create art that is aesthetically beautiful and informative, the goal is to encourage dialogue and raise awareness."
Alaska Native and Native American History and Sovereignty; Cultural Appropriation, Race and Equality; Modern Art History; Summers with family in Colorado and Alaska
- "Hit", Combined Media Installation, 2006 - 2008
C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California Davis
McMaster University Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, Alaska
- "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2", 2006 - 2007
Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska
- "Into the Fray", 2005
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana