Tawny Kerr

Tawny Kerr is a mixed media artist based in Arizona, working primarily in painting, drawing and sculptural installation. Her works are a meditation on memory and nostalgia, representing a struggle between an inward desire to preserve and the destructive reality of passing time. Landscape and the notion of place focus heavily in her work, toying with the boundaries of impermanence on a human scale and on geologic timelines. Everyday materials such as flowers, fruit, candy and other foods or natural items often appear in her sculptural work either in states of degradation or in visible processes of destruction, while her paintings and drawings investigate a relationship between emphemera and archive. The fragility of these objects serve as parallel to the fallibility of memory, questioning both the strength of memory through the passage of time and the reliability of the narrator.



2012-2013: University of Glasgow, MLitt Popular Music Industries, with merit
2008-2010: Glasgow School of Art, BA Honours Fine Art Painting & Printmaking
2005-2007: Arizona State University


eye lounge, former president (2017) & member
Transmission Gallery, former member
The Telfer Gallery, founding committee & former programme coordinator
Many Studios, former member

Selected exhibitions

2018 Sep-Oct: Extrapolations, solo exhibition, eye lounge, Phoenix
2018 Mar: Ritual & Randomness, eye lounge members show, Phoenix
2017 Nov: eye lounge at First Studio, Phoenix
2017 Sep-Oct: At a Glacier's Pace, solo exhibition, eye lounge, Phoenix
2017 Mar: Strange Changes, eye lounge members show, Phoenix
2016 Jul: sub rosa, solo exhibition, eye lounge, Phoenix
2016 Mar: In Sight, eye lounge in collaboration with Four Chambers Press, Phoenix
2015 Dec: [nä-´stal-jә], eye lounge members show, Phoenix
2013 Dec: MANY Presents, group exhibition at The Virginia Gallery, Glasgow
2013 Jul: Transmission Gallery Members Show, Glasgow
2013 Mar: Pinch, group exhibition for International Women's Day at Studio 41, Glasgow
2012 Oct: Launch, inaugural group exhibition at Verge: Glasgow Artist Studios
2012 Jul: Transmission Gallery Members Show
2012 May: Charity group exhibition, Wall Projects, Montrose, Scotland
2011 Sep: Vault Art Fair, The Briggait. Glasgow
2011 Jul: Transmission Gallery Members Show
2011 Mar: Papergirl Glasgow, public art event and exhibition
2011 Feb: Whitelines group drawing exhibition, Whitespace, Edinburgh
2011 Jan: Weeks: Three, with Amanda Dobbratz & David Jack, Studio 41, Glasgow
2010 Nov: The Mutual Members Show, The Glue Factory, Glasgow
2010 Aug: Glasgow Fleeto group exhibition, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2010 Jul: RGI New Graduates Show, Royal Glasgow Institute
2010 Jun: Must I Paint You a Picture? Transmission Gallery Members Show
2010 Jun: Degree Show, Glasgow School of Art

Selected press & publications

2016 Dec: The Philosophy of Unclean Things by Rosemarie Dombrowski, cover art
2016 Mar: 'In Sight at eye lounge,' The Arts Beacon
2014 Mar: The Queen's Head minizines 1-3, illustration editor & contributor
2013 Dec: The Queen's Head, issue 5, illustration editor & contributor
2013 Jul: The Queen's Head, issue 4, illustration editor
2013 Apr: The Queen's Head, issue 3, illustration
2012 Oct: The Queen's Head, issue 2, illustration
2012 Jan: 'Skinny Showcase: Pidgin Perfect with Tawny Kerr,' The Skinny
2011 Sep: 'Market Shares' (Vault Art Fair preview), The Skinny
2011 Mar: 'Glasgow artist collective The Mutual showcases work,' The List, starred review
2010 Jul: ‘Must I Paint You a Picture?’ The List, starred review
2008: Lux Undergraduate Creative Review, Volume 4. Arizona State University


2015 Nov/Dec: Arquetopia, San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico