Monthly Archives: September 2017

My First Radio Interview- Thank you KUOW-FM

Wow, I had my first radio interview ever. Casey Martin was so nice and made me feel at ease, though as imagined, I rambled a bit. The interview aired yesterday, Tuesday September 12, 2017, but you can read a synopsis of the report on their website, or at this link:  kuow

Thank You To Everyone!

I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who made No Hiding Place Down Here a possibility and the opening so much fun.

Firstly, thank you to Liz Johnson, my project manager, without whose guidance and support none of this would have been possible.

Thank you to all the folks at Seattle Office of Arts & Culture who prepped the gallery and then set up all the yummy nibbles for the opening.

Thank you to all the friends and art lovers who braved the dirty air to come to the opening. Yes, folks, it literally rained ashes on First Thursday, like it did the previous day, the remnants of a week long onslaught of smoke from the fires consuming Eastern Washington.

Thank you to the journalists who reviewed the show and brought attention to this piece and the difficult subject it wrestles with.

Most of all, thank you to my husband and creative partner, Scott. He has been so supportive, willing to partner with me on this project, and then also doing all the photography of the installation too. He’s driven me everywhere, helped me install, and put on his best game face, despite being sick as a dog at the opening.


I am feeling quite blessed.

Sketches for No Hiding Place Down Here

The city of Seattle asks that artists turn in copies of their research AND sketches for commissioned work in the final report.

I had a bunch of sketches spread over several sketchbooks of different sizes and thought to myself they would not make a great aesthetic statement. Despite the different media used in the installation (projections, soundscape, sculpture, drawing) everything is tied visually together by the palette of the scrim material.  So I decided to make my sketches all on recycled paper.

These are some of the drawings going into the binder I’ll be giving the city for No Hiding Place Down Here.

Hope you make it to the opening!

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ArtBeat Blog’s Post About No Hiding Place Down Here

A big thank you to the ArtBeat Blog for posting such a wonderful and in-depth review of my installation No Hiding Place Down Here.

There is so much incredible talent in the city, and at any one time, hundreds of permanent and temporary public art projects and performances happening, that few get this kind of coverage.

I’m so grateful and humbled!

Read it here: Seattle Presents Gallery: No Hiding Place Down Here

Here are a few of the sketches I prepared for the city, and these will go into my final report along with others.


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Lisa Edge Reviews No Hiding Place Down Here

Wow… Another review! Thank you to Lisa Edge for her beautiful and thoughtful review.

From Exile to Artist: Tatiana Garmendia’s city gallery installation centers the displaced | Real Change

I’m so grateful to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for commissioning this piece. It prompted me to really dig deep into my practice while exploring a genuine crisis in our community.

I also got to collaborate with Scott Story, my husband and photographer extraordinaire. He shot all the documentary photography of unsanctioned homeless camps around the city. I used Scott’s pictures in the film projection onto the installation.

If you are in Seattle next week, please come by First Thursday for the public opening, September 7, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Seattle Presents Gallery at Seattle Municipal Tower, 5th Avenue & Columbia St..

The show runs through October 14, 2017.


Seattle Weekly Reviews No Hiding Place Down Here

Thank you to Christy Carley for a wonderful review of my installation, No Hiding Place Down Here.

The piece was commissioned by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture for their Dialogues on Homelessness series. I was especially honored to work on this piece because this is my first commission from the city and most especially because I got to collaborate with my husband and artistic partner, Scott Story.  The installation features a tent built out of theatrical scrim, dirt drawings on scrim suspended from a clothesline, documentary photography projection and a soundscape narrative.

Read the review here: ‘No Hiding Place Down Here’ Explores Issues of Exposure, Privacy for Seattle’s Homeless | Seattle Weekly