Scientific Curiosity: Art by Tina Tavolacci
Tina Tavolacci is a mixed media artist and jewelry designer. Her works often feature raised or textured elements, and the imagery of insects and animals found therein speaks to a sense of scientific curiosity.
I enjoy the earthy brown and sepia tones that the artist favors in her works. Working in combination with weathered and rusted metallic elements that are sometimes glued to the paintings, these hues create a steampunk-like aesthetic that reminds me of work by Linda Cohen.
In our previous feature of Tina’s work with flora and fauna, we looked at the artist’s jewelry. These pieces have the brightest colors seen perhaps anywhere in the artist’s portfolio – enamel elements in bright blues and reds create a gorgeous contrast with the coppery tones of chains and connecting beads in bracelets and necklaces. In other jewelry pieces, Tina uses colored pencil on copper. It’s an innovate approach and creates an interestingly textural image that looks like chalk or even fabric.