Tanya Goel holds an M.F.A in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art, New Haven Faculty, PBS (Painting/Drawing), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, and a B.F.A. (Painting/drawing) from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India, Jaipur, India.
Her painterly practice is informed by surfaces that we constantly encounter - of architecture, of electronic signboards, of shadows and reflections and of moving images - and the density of experiences that such encounters unleash. Goel's bodies of work have focused on virtual grids/monitors and screens - as being surfaces that overlap excessive imagery; that emit light/colour but can also absorb attention; that distract as much as they fascinate; that flicker during instances of error and can cause any intended register of colour to slightly displace. In this preoccupation with screens, the desire is to see if our eyes might become attentive to the disjunction between colour as light/sight and the material pigments/technologies that embody colour. For Goel, these moments obscure a kind of spectacle-oriented (and homogenized) presentation of cities in the global milieu and reflect a sense of ambiguity, dis-identification and homelessness that is now vested in the nature of all things as well as spaces, despite illusory familiarity.