Tia Factor generates personalized maps of what is unseen and intuited in the places she and others visit. Maps may appear in her art, but the works themselves become larger maps of her subconscious. For Factor, a mental map is the composite of elements of exterior realities combined with instantaneous interior impressions of a place gathered in an intuitive manner. In her paintings, drawings, and installations, multiple and contradictory views of one place will appear, an urban skyline, the un-lettered sign from an abandoned shop, the balloons from a car dealership are combined with uncodified or ineffable information such as diminishing coils of color bands or asteroid-like map pieces shooting out of an exploding star. The paintings help to reveal how our internal landscape is shaped by the external landscape we are surrounded by.
US-based artist Tia Factor received her M.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 and her B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in 1997. She taught at the Oxbow School in Napa, California, the Department of Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and is currently an adjunct professor at Portland State University. Factor has curated several exhibitions and has been included in numerous solo and group shows in galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. She has completed residencies in India, Vermont and Tasmania. Factor is currently organizing the exhibition, Past Frontiers: Tasmania on the North American West Coast, featuring artists from Tasmania exploring issues of place in their work. Factor is represented by Swarm Gallery in Oakland, California where she will be showing her current body of work, Places We Call Home, in March 2010.