My work explores taboos and emotions. The major sources of inspiration for my artwork include the psychology of motherhood, ancient goddess cultures, myth, archetypes, and other sources of esoteric knowledge. The esoteric subjects are wide-ranging but often related, including dreams, animism, and biophilia. I've been drawn to symbolism since early childhood and because of this, personal talismans are often present in my artworks. I draw from the deep well of feminism and my experience to create my colorful works. I am often excavating life cycles along with the guilt, anxiety, joy, and love that come with being someone's mama. My goal is to share the love, pain, and vulnerability of motherhood, to highlight what goes unseen, and weave these personal experiences with collective and arcane symbolism.
Tiana Traffas is a self-taught artist and mother living in the beautiful driftless region of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Many of her ongoing projects include painting, drawing, and street art. Her work has been shown in juried shows and galleries Internationally. When she isn't in the studio she enjoys exploring folk herbalism, natural waters, thrift/vintage shops, good books, and making felt toys for her daughter.