Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Definitely the artist Rose Wylie. Would love to meet her. I own a painting of hers which I bought ages ago. She's a true inspiration.
Q: What is the most valuable thing you own?
I don't own many material things that have any value, but I have bought and exchanged a lot of great art over the years and I would say my little Eddie Martinez drawing is pretty special to me. I also have a large Gabriella Boyd painting. If the house was burning down it would be easier to grab the Eddie Martinez, it's tiny and hanging right by the front door.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
My dad always said 'Do whatever you want, just don't get caught!'. Seems like pretty good advice to me. I took his advice onboard at a young age and at school, I never got caught!!!
Thanee Lonsdale’s work is about sex, gender narratives and female empowerment.
Focusing on the idea of gender roles and how they play out behind closed doors, she has used furniture as a reference to domestic life; ‘I wanted to humanise these items of furniture as a way to create tension around the idea of submission and marriage. I also wanted to explore the tension and prudeness around the topic of sex.’
She photographs discarded furniture. Mostly sofas, armchairs and mattresses. They have a human quality; ‘there’s a sense that I have disturbed an intimate moment. In the act of documenting these scenes I have become the voyeur.’
From these photographs she goes on to make paintings. Some are very similar in their composition to the original assemblage, whilst other have unraveled into purely figurative works, varying between lethargic oafs copulating and lithe bodies in sensual acts of intimacy. They still bare the bones of their domestic origins but their curves and shapes have transmuted to become scenes of an often sexual nature.
Tahnee Lonsdale was born in 1982 in Reading, UK. She studied at Byam Shaw School of Art, graduating with a BA in 2007. She now lives and works in LA, California.