Growth, Power & Healing in the TL
Using clay, acrylics and paper, I create rich images of Tenderloin architectural designs that evoke the beauty of the neighborhood along with its unique style and history.
“Beauty in its own way and the kind of aesthetic that many people may not at first recognize". I relate to the diversity and mix of cultures in the neighborhood, as well as the things that exist beyond the surface. It’s the diversity here that allows me to thrive. I imagine that these buildings have eyes - that they've seen many struggles, that they have seen suffering and that they have seen sadness. In my art, I connect with these emotions, but also with the strength and solidarity that have come through and that has allowed people to find beauty and the support of one another.”
Geometric lines and reflective mirroring allow the viewer to enter these buildings and invites them to see into each building’s history and uniqueness. I superimposes photographs of the Tenderloin neighborhood onto clay using lasers to etch a textured 3D image that invites you to feel and connect with these buildings. My work is then developed with many layers of color painted by hand that have been worked and reworked, building upon building, layer upon layer.
A recipient of the Wildflower Institute’s Fellowship Program, I have been working with fellow Tenderloin artists and residents to create an artistic community that inspires strength through community support.
TAN PAINTS THE TENDERLOIN
Starring Tan Sirinumas
Directed & Edited – Matthew Bunker
Cinematography – Ryan Matthew Hagerty Moore
Producers – Matthew Bunker & Helen Bean
Composer – Dalton Corr
Color & Finishing – Neal Kumar Moorthy
Assistant Camera – Benjamin Rehm & Zack Fuson
Grip – Jessica Schlegel
Production Assistant – Adriana Abrams-Wolffsohn
Hospitality House Community Artist Spotlight: Tan Sirinumas
It was eventually through my contacts with the Hospitality House that I was introduced to the Hidden Gems in the Tenderloin project, and that I began to develop a sense of exploration for my own neighborhood. In 2014, I became a member of the Wildflowers Institute as well as the Tenderloin People Congress. These decisions really drove me out of my comfort zone in terms of making art. It made me curious about the people in my community and at the same time, I came to realize that there were so many buildings in the Tenderloin from which to draw inspiration for my art. I’ve always loved design and architecture and I wanted to show how the current situation in the Tenderloin, the struggle, the vulnerability, the influence of money, and the importance of culture and history, has come to represent the people who live here. Not only that, I wanted to show the beauty that exists in the Tenderloin. I want to preserve that beauty and history of the Tenderloin.
Through my relationships with these various organizations, I have begun to challenge the limits of my own work. I have begun learning and experimenting with different technologies and resources to create new ways of approaching my art. Today, I see myself growing alongside these community organizations in helping the people of the Tenderloin to stay strong and thrive in our lives, despite the hardships we go through together.