Tavia Sanza is an American artist who has shown work around the country including Chicago and Kansas City. Her current work is predominantly with fibers. Her frenetic manipulation of embroidery references loss and memory. Exposed to art at an early age through her mother who was a metal-smith and jeweler, Sanza has always had an interest in the decorative and adornment. The loss of her mother at a young age was a catalyst for the evolution of a lot of those ideas.; that the decorative is more than just beautiful but functions as a relic and a tool to communicate value and interest. Sanza has worked with various materials and techniques in both art and jewelry involving wire and beading, but also crochet, macrame and other craft based techniques. In 2005 Sanza received a merit scholarship to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her time there was spent exploring her interest in installation work. After earning her BFA in sculpture she moved to New York City and worked various art jobs including fashion, interior design, and teaching. After ten years in NYC Sanza moved west to pursue her MFA at the University of Missouri in Fibers (2021). In 2019 she received the Windgate University Fellows Scholarship to Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, where she intends to incorporate book making into her body of work.
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