Tanya Chaitow

Moonlighting with Ai WeiWei

11 November - 29 November

Narrative motif and symbolism is core to TANYA CHAITOW's work. These themes are often rendered in a combination of both personal and universally engaged forms and ideas. Moonlighting with Ai WeiWei explores recurrent themes of expressing freedom and tradition. It addresses ideas of the symbolic boundlessness of human connectivity beyond our physical restrictions.

While travelling through Myanmar at the beginning of the year CHAITOW noticed that at the entrance to every temple there were vendors with crowded birdcages. It is the tradition in Myanmar that birds are caught and placed into cages for sale so that they may be released as 'luck birds'. The release of these birds is accompanied with the following prayer:
Today I give you your life; someday you will give me my life.

For CHAITOW, the deprivation of freedom placed on these birds was highly symbolic and led her to examine the work of Chinese artist and political activist Ai WeiWei. In recent times Ai Weiwei has served time in jail for criticizing the Chinese government's stance on democracy, the abuse of human rights and the lack of freedom of expression within China.

CHAITOW's own work draws on the 2013 Moon Project launched by Ai WeiWei and Olafur Eliasson in order to emphasize the global reach and interconnectivity of ideas beyond the limitation of political and geographic boundaries. It used the Internet to travel beyond the physical restrictions placed on him by the current Chinese regime. CHAITOW's paintings and works on paper embrace Ai WeiWei's motif of the moon as representing the universal connectivity of ideas and humanity. She contends that "wherever or whoever we are in the world we look at the same moon [it symbolises] our connectivity beyond the geographic and political limitations". CHAITOW draws upon the moons association with the owl as ruler of the night and seer of souls. The owl has been emblematic through history as a wise, intuitive and mystical creature that keeps the spirits who had passed from one plane to another. It has been connected to humans blurring the distinction between the real and the imagined and bridging the gap between day and night and the conscious and unconscious.

CHAITOW's imagination and emotional resonance ignites these psychological connections. She intuitively captures mental states through poetic works that contemplate the human condition.

Beasts will teach you by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Beasts will teach you
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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Moon man 2 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moon man 2
oil on canvas
18 x 24 cm

$800
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For Sale
Moon man by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moon man
acrylic on board
18 x 12.5 cm

$400
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For Sale
Moonlight by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonlight
acrylic on board
12.5 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Of dreams and feathers by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Of dreams and feathers
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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For Sale
Without words by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Without words
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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For Sale
Twice told tale by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Twice told tale
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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For Sale
The Rashomon Effect by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The Rashomon Effect
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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For Sale
Moon (stanza 1 - 30) by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moon (stanza 1 - 30)
acrylic on board
15 x 15 cm each

$500 each

$15,000 all
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Long, long ago by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Long, long ago
oil on board
20 x 30 cm

$800
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For Sale
Ideas no one can stop by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Ideas no one can stop
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
For Sale
For Sale
Blue Moon by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Blue Moon
oil on board
25.5 x 18 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Unlikely pilgrimage by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Unlikely pilgrimage
oil on board
20 x 30 cm

$800
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For Sale
Tread softly on my dreams by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Tread softly on my dreams
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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For Sale
Somewhere never travelled  by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Somewhere never travelled
oil on board
20 x 30 cm

$800
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For Sale
Something exactly resembles another by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Something exactly resembles another
ink jet prints on hahnemühle rag paper, acrylic paint & collage
43 x 56 cm

$900
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For Sale
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 1 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 1
acrylic on board
12 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 2 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 2
acrylic on board
12 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 3
Tanya Chaitow
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 3
acrylic on board
12 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 4
Tanya Chaitow
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 4
acrylic on board
12 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 5
Tanya Chaitow
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 5
acrylic on board
12 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 6 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Postcards from the moon (Ai WeiWei flowers) 6
acrylic on board
12 x 18 cm

$400
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For Sale
Moonsong 1 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 1
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 2 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 2
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 3 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 3
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 4 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 4
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 5 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 5
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 6 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 6
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 7 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 7
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 8 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 8
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Moonsong 9 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 9
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
I am the keeper of so many secrets by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
I am the keeper of so many secrets
acrylic on board
17.5 x 12.5 cm

$400
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For Sale
I am the keeper of so many secrets 2
Tanya Chaitow
I am the keeper of so many secrets 2
acrylic on board
17.5 x 12.5 cm

$400
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For Sale
Fear of the unknown place by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Fear of the unknown place
oil on board
25 x 30 cm

$800
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For Sale
I wish you were here by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
I wish you were here
acrylic on board
30 cm diameter

$800
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For Sale
Side by side through the streets at midnight by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Side by side through the streets at midnight
acrylic on board
20 cm diameter
SOLD
SOLD
The love letters you will never write me 2 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
The love letters you will never write me 2
acrylic on board
20 cm diameter

$600
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I loved you first by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
I loved you first
acrylic on board
20 cm diameter
SOLD
SOLD
Moonlight 2 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonlight 2
acrylic on board
25.5 x 18 cm

$800
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For Sale
Moonlight 3 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonlight 3
oil on canvas
18 x 24 cm

$800
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For Sale
Moonsong 10 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Moonsong 10
acrylic on board
20 x 20 cm

$600
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For Sale
Love you to the moon and back by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Love you to the moon and back
acrylic on board
30 cm diameter
SOLD
SOLD
Thank you for loving me 3 by Tanya Chaitow
Tanya Chaitow
Thank you for loving me 3
acrylic on board
20 cm diameter

$600
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For Sale