The Bite Magazine - Spring/Summer 2020 - Issue 27

Tiffanie Delune bite exhibition Seeds of Light See s f Li T here are many reasons why an artist paints: it could be to express or release the emotions or ex- periences they have gone through, as a way to get a message out to the masses, an appreciation for nature or something of interest, or simply a pastime that has turned into a passionate and professional career. Vincent Van Gogh revealed he only felt alive when he was painting while Henry Ward Beecher said, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Tiffanie Delune is one such artist who has used her past ex- periences to express her art. Born in 1988 in Paris, France, of Belgian and Congolese descent, her artistry was reset when she embarked on a journey to explore and heal her painful family history through painting. Her work com- bines a brilliant command of design and colour with a fearless commitment to exploring her personal history and celebrating sexuality, monogamy, femininity, motherhood, rebirth, agency, and freedom. “Delving into the idea of stolen innocence, I sought mean- ings by reconnecting the emotions of my inner child through the eyes of the well-travelled woman that I had be- come,” she said, explaining the inspiration behind her work. “I sublimate traumatic childhood memories, my postcolo- 006 Tiffanie Delune - Foreign Familiarity 004 Tiffanie Delune - Do The Work 010 Tiffanie Delune - Peeling Off