“I think people should be in conversation a little more—with each other, with yourself, film, music, art,” says artist Tasya van Ree in a video for Oliver Peoples's "in conversation series." Well, anyone who has had the pleasure to be in conversation with van Ree would understand that what informs her art also informs her life. The half Japanese, half Dutch Hawaii native is all about staying connected to her self and her surroundings and, throughout her jaunts into filmmaking, apparel design, fine art and photography, strives to capture a spirit of stillness and simplicity in her work. It's this natural California cool that's made her a prominent figure in the West Coast art scene since 1994. In the same video, we also get a glimpse of her credo in action as van Ree is filmed in the quiet nook of Laurel Canyon that she calls home. With windows framing the mountains in every room, small crystal shrines in corners and clean minimalist surfaces, it makes sense that this is the place she chooses to create her art.
Breaking down four of her most significant pieces, the artist talks to L’Officiel USA about her creative process, the inspiration behind the work and the message she is trying to communicate—revealing yet another side of what makes this mysterious, wide brimmed hat-wearing artist tick.
THE DESERT AND ITS EYELASHES