Tana LaKale, Spain
Tana LaKale is a 21-year-old artist from Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona) and about to have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts by the University of Barcelona. She works in the boundaries between, painting, screen printing and illustration. Her art is always influenced by the outskirts livings, creative variety in towns and cities and the collective environment.
Everything I do is a story. I tell stories to understand my own, although I didn’t know this in the beginning: Drawing, painting, and ‘doing’ things with your hands are part of everyone’s unconscious development but in my case, it has been the key tool to ‘being’ within the world.
While drawing I realized that I have always lived on the edge of two realities: between the big city and the neighborhood, fine arts and illustration, lettering and image, personal and collective thoughts or opinions, institutional and non-institutional art. I do what I do because it’s the way of understanding myself and my environment, and over time I’ve realized something: My stories don’t belong to me but to everyone who can relate to them. I just put the order on expanding chaos.
A selection of previous work: