Created and Sold by Tyanna J. Buie

Tyanna J. Buie
Murals by Tyanna J. Buie at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, Milwaukee - From the Estate

From the Estate - Murals

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Images derived from my mother’s most-prized adornments of faux jewelry pieces, are used to symbolize and address the correlation of one’s objects of affection, and their connection to the inanimate. From the Estate, is a portrait and study of my mother through her curated heirlooms, as well as my own memory of longing for her and her possessions while in the foster care system as an adolescent during her absence throughout my life.

Despite the quality of the jewelry, some pieces missing with broken gems, and tarnishing metal, my mother is still able to find the beauty and the value in these pieces by continuously safeguarding them, in-turn, creating a family ritual of where these tangible objects can then serve as an anchor to keep a fragmented family connected.

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Tyanna J. Buie
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A Chicago and Milwaukee native, Tyanna Buie received her BA from Western Illinois University, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, Buie received an emerging artist Mary L. Nohl Fellowship and is the recipient of the 2015 Love of Humanity Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. In late 2015, Buie became the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, then in 2019, the Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts as well as the Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Buie’s work has been acquired by major intuitions and private collections nationally and her work has been reviewed on and featured on Essay’, Buie currently lives and works in Detroit, MI, where she is Assistant Professor/Section Chair of Printmaking at the College for Creative Studies.