Tanya Marcuse


January 12 – March 10, 2002

The photographs in this series are studies of the shiny, lacy, star and heart decorated fabrics that my two daughters use in their pretend play. These are inexpensive fabrics, and yet are full of opulence and promise.

As all children do, my girls transform these inanimate cloths into whatever they need or want them to be; I try to do the same when I photograph them. Whether I hang them on a hanger, bunch them up, spread them out, or tie them up, I seek to transform the materials into something still and meditative — where the surface glitter beckons you to enter a deeper, abstract space — where stretchy black bathing-suit fabric studded with plastic gems suggests the night sky.

-Tanya Marcuse, 2002

Tanya Marcuse is a fine art photographer who lives and works in the Hudson Valley. She studied art history and studio art at Oberlin College and in 1990 received her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University Art School, where she was awarded a scholarship and the George Sakier Memorial Prize for Excellence in Photography. Her photographs have been exhibited widely at venues including the Yoshii Gallery, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Alternative Museum, all in New York City; the Ralls Collection in Washington DC, and Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art in Boston. Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, Artnews, Art in America, and Artforum; and her images have been recently published in books Manifest Vision by James Luciana, and Pregnant Pictures by Laura Wexler and Sandra Mathews. Her photographs are in the collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington DC, the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale, CPW, and numerous private collections. Marcuse’s awards include a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to live with and photograph a small South American Indian group, a National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Award for Young Artist, a Dutchess County Arts Council Fellowship, and a Photographer’s Fund Fellowship from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Tanya currently teaches photography at Simon’s Rock College of Bard. Previously she taught photography at Dutchess Community College SUNY, photography history and criticism at Vassar College, platinum/palladium printing at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Polaroid Transfer process for the Bard Continuing Studies Program. She lives with her husband, James Romm, and her two daughters Eve and Abigail.