Half/Dozen is pleased to present In Want of the World by Tia Factor. Through interviews and translations, Tia Factor has created a series of intimate paintings that singularly capture adventure and memory from a host of different perspectives, both familiar and distant.
In Want of the World is a project motivated by a longing for travel and romanticizing of places already visited. Factor explores the common need to transform nuanced and complex places into simplified places of fantasy. Through interviews with people who have traveled, most often far from home, she gathers descriptions of various locations that maintain an important role in the interviewee’s mind, even years after the initial experience. Using these interviews as a jumping-off place, Factor sublimates the sense of escape and fulfillment that is so often promised by travel while questioning the truth behind that promise and the images generated by that fantasy.
Tia Factor lives and works in Portland, OR where she is a painting and drawing professor at Portland State University and at Portland Community College. Factor received her MFA 2001 from the University of California, Berkeley, CA. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA; SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA; Red Dot Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL; Oliver Art Center, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA; Beppu Wiarda Gallery, Portland, OR; Milk Contemporary, Hellerup, Denmark; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA; Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art + Craft, Portland, OR. Factor has been published in New American Painting, Arts Interviews, New American Landscape, Willamette Week Online, Stretcher, Artwork Digest Magazine, Shotgun Review, Artweek, and East Bay Express.