Leitrim based artist Harriet Myfanwy Nia Tahany aka MyfanwyNia was born in Swansea, South Wales and grew up in London. She studied Fine Art at Sligo IT and went on to Graduate with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Ulster. She is also a recipient of the RDS Taylor Art Award.
Harriet’s work contains a multiplicity of visual languages inspired by popular culture, namely animation and childhood culture. Always featuring distinctive big eyed feminine characters, her art focuses in an ongoing exploration of themes inspired by fairy tales, folk-law, nursery rhymes, mythology and the metaphysical spiritual realms of non-linear narrative these traditions occupy.
“I am very passionate about my journey of self discovery through my art, the work is personal beneath the more formal themes they contain. The artwork becomes an energy container that acts as a personal archive of memory, a recording of some emotive expression of me; it is through art I gain knowledge of myself.”