Tatiana Flis
Artist and BAC Board Member
Photo by Howard Romero at the Vermont Studio Center

How did you arrive at the Brookline Arts Center?
In 2012 my partner and I found ourselves relocating to Boston from New Jersey and living right down the street from the BAC. That fall I submitted a proposal to exhibit and my show “Tethered” opened in April 2013!

Tell us about your background. How did you become interested in art?
I received my BFA in sculpture and printmaking form Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA in sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. The fact is I always wanted to be an artist, and at an early age I was always encouraged by my family to express myself. I specifically remember in elementary school having to do a project on whales. I spent so much time on my diorama I don’t even remember doing the written section of the project. I don’t know if I would call it an infatuation, but something clicked and I knew I had to use my hands in order to be… me.

What passions do you bring to the BAC community?
I have a strong commitment and belief that creative expression is fundamental to the human experience. Art is the medium through which human beings engage with their higher selves to reach their full potential. Participation in the creative arts encourages empathy that connects us culturally and spiritually. It is a human right.

What do you enjoy most about the BAC?
The passion and dedication that is seen in its staff, in its mission, and in its  supporters. It is a community that cares and supports each other while investing in the creative expression of all.

What was your favorite childhood art project?
The whale diorama was a pinnacle moment in my realization of what I wanted to do with my life. However, my favorite art project as a child was creating collaged self portraits. The possibilities are endless once you are handed construction paper, glue sticks, and old magazines.

Who are some of your art heroes?
Ursula von Rydingsvard, Rona Pondick, Pipilotti Rist, Eva Hesse, Louise Bourgeois, Lee Bontecou, Francis Bacon, René Magritte, Joseph Cornell, Ernesto Neto, Ronald Bladen… and the list goes on.

Do you have anything exciting coming up?
Where to start! I am extremely excited about my two person show with Elizabeth Alexander opening August 28th titled “Remainder Remains” at Fountain Street Gallery in SoWa Boston. Plus, I am exhibiting with artists Susan Greer Emmerson and Rebecca Skinner in “Eviction, Destruction, Renewal” at Rocky Neck Art’s Cultural Center through July 28th in Gloucester, and “Perspectives” at Morini Gallery in Mansfield from July 12-August 25th. In addition, I am honored to be a part of a group show titled “Fine Points” focusing on artists that draw, curated by Kendra Ferreira, on view at the Bristol Art Museum in Rhode Island from July 26th– September 1st.