You are Still a Works in Progress


You are Still a Work in Progress, a photographic exhibition by Tina West.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
The show will runs through April 20, 2017 at the Thornhill Gallery at Avila University.

The beauty of Tina West’s latest show lies in the maturity and wonder of her still lives.With each image, West stages her scene with unique treasures from her vast collection. Allowing them to speak to her, rather than the opposite, each object is chosen because of each object’s sheer attraction.

The sharp subconscious connection West feels to her still life objects comes across strongly. This produces a magical end product that has both transformed and repurposed the photographed objects entirely. Though still lives are considered a classic image, West exemplifies a charming, experimental take that pushes the boundaries of the historical still life.

The invitational image, Constraint Inspires Creativity, embodies the breadth of her work in capturing a warm rich okra-gold “Do Not Disturb” sign against a similar background. The photo feels cryptic and almost treasure-like, giving the viewer a hint of her alluded creativity. The title is just as interactive, playing not only off the sign’s words but also off the image’s overall emotion.

West’s still lives have a true sense of being, with powerful cast shadows and light-play. This creates a connection not only between the objects photographed, but between the viewer and the photograph as well. All Images in this exhibit are created using instant film, Fuji on her most recent images and Polaroid on her earlier works.

SO for the images we will start with the most recent to oldest.

These 2 images where created this year after 9 months of cancer treatments

This is not who we are but where we are

Take a look at the shadow.
The feather in a beaker is  a symbol of hope, freedom and purity
balanced with a dark figure and a more oppressive shadow.

         Concealment is divinely necessary

The working name for this image is “The Beach”
the reclining figures looked as if they were on the beach being over seen by Big Brother


These 20 images are the original images from the 11/12/2015
You Are Still a Works in Progress show at Robin Rice Gallery, NYC.

After-all-this;-this-is-how-people-prayAfter all this; this is how people pray


El-Primer-ManuscriptoEl Primer Manuscripto

Bought this book at a Flea Market in Barcelona.
The drawings on the inside didn’t even cost extra


Intermittent-cloudsIntermittent Clouds

These little boats came in a handmade box which included wavesIMG_0032


Spartan Foundation

This image and the following one were the beginning of a pattern that developed over time
as I created this show. The little Monopoly-toy-looking Ferris Wheel the connection piece


Interpret-this-harmony-as-beautyInterpret This Harmony as Beauty


Experience is a Brutal Teacher

empty vials of rabies medicine



Spring 2015 TED talks were focused on artificial intelligence and how children learn




Thought-is-the-architect-of-realityThought is the Architect of Reality


An-appreciation-for-the-imperfect-and-impermamentAn Appreciation for the Imperfect and Impermanent

Only live bug I have ever photographed


Maximum-effect-of-DisplacementMaximum effect of Displacement


History-is-about-ChangeHistory is About Change

yes, this is about race and fading power


History-of-hostilityHistory of Hostility

The man is Pope Pius XI, a postage stamp. The scrap of paper was found on the streets of NYC.
They are pages from a psychology book discussing homosexuality as a mental illness


Commit-errors-of-appreciationCommit Errors of Appreciation

A crown of thorns made from hair out of a drain. The background is a collage I made many years ago


Dream-of-being-caught-nakedDream of Being Caught Naked

This is about immigration and the refugee crisis on Europe


Reason-by-analogyReason by Analogy

This set had a number of different stages this image and the following image the connector is the red on the sides.


Sexualized-Nature-of-ConsumptionSexualized Nature of Consumption


You-can-write-my-biography-but-you-can't-have-my-soulYou can write my biography but you can’t have my soul

The original concept was a triptych and the camera was slid right to left of this re-creation
of a shelf in my studio, thus the autobiographical reference.


Seduction-and-ViolenceSeduction and Violence

This image was created with the show but was not included during the 11/11/15 show.
This is just sexy


The following images are from previous shows and have been included in the exhibt at Thornhill Gallery to see the interacting of older images and more recent images

Taxonomy-of-MemoryTaxonomy of Memory


Redundant-FundamentalistRedundant Fundamentalist



There is an earlier post in this blog that talks about the mosquito.
It is beautiful that the antennae create a heart shape.


Chrlsys-and-CoccoonChrlsys and Coccoon

After the fly sat in a window sill for a couple days without moving, I realized it was perfectly dead.


Book-ThreeBook Three

The page is out of a book of Aristotle, book three of what I do not know


Follow-the-Bouncing-BallFollow the Bouncing Ball

2011, The buildings had crumbled, you can follow the bouncing ball they don’t bounce anymore,
Tower 2 World Trade Center.

Quality-of-NaiveteQuality of Naivete

That is my wisdom tooth and a dunce cap. Wisdom, Knowledge and Ignorance who is truly niave

Three-Minor-InfluencesThree Minor Influences

This is about the spoon. A spoon, a silver spoon from Tiffany’s. Born with a sliver spoon on their mouth





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