Tristesse Seeliger is a Vancouver artist working in mixed media using painting and collage. In 2017 Tristesse completed a large-scale mural for the Vancouver Mural Festival and collaborated on a film for Westbank Corporation which is a part of their exhibition, The Fight For Beauty. Tristesse is featured in Wired Magazine UK January 2018 issue, The Internet is Broken. Her work has also been featured in SAD Magazine, Scout Magazine, VancouverIsAwesome and Inside Vancouver as well as art blogs For Example, The Happy Jotter and Design is Kinky. Tristesse has collaborated with Lululemon on window design and her work has shown in different cities in North America. For the past four years she has been working on a body of work focused on geometry, territories, perception and cartography. For the past four years, Tristesse has been working on a body of work focused on geometry, territories, infinity, and cartography. Using the principles in mathematics of tiling and patterning, the work disassembles and then reassembles maps that privilege the shapes, textures, and colour over traditional means of creating territory. These collages are part abstractions part metaphor that use the languages of geometry and cartography to communicate alternate modes of perceiving land and space.
Tiles - More recently Tristesse has begun to work with the shapes as separate paneled color-fields, using the relationship between the shapes to create the illusion of three dimensionalities. These are painted acrylic works that are a celebration of color and form allowing the audience to interact with the work by assembling the pieces in any way they desire.
Tristesse Seeliger has been an art teacher for 18 years with the Vancouver School Board, is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a wife to David Crompton and a mom of two beautiful children.