Author Archives: Tatiana Garmendia


See Two New Drawings at Virago Gallery Through Dec. 31st

This has been quite a full Autumn, with several shows, the ACES Conference and Expo, the beginning of a new series in the studio, AND things at the college speeding way up. With more responsibilities and commitments than ever, and with a renewed sense of vision, I am having to call on all my creative energies on multiple fronts.

I definitely feel like a Virago!

Not only is this show curated by the strongest 3rd Wave Feminist voice in the region (Tracy, please keep the fire burning!), but every single art piece in the show makes you think and feel. I am super excited to be a part of this project!


This Thorny Bush (Three Faces of Eve) is mixed media on polyester film and my exploration of all those #MeToo moments all us womxn seem to have experienced. Let’s not even talk about how we need this thorny bush to defend our reproductive rights.

And I couldn’t stop there. I had to share with my fellow Viragos this personal ritual for fighting against the sexual harassers and other creeps.

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In Yoruba mythology, Oya is a warrior goddess. She grows a beard in battle, shuttles the dead to the underworld, and represents a transformational female fierceness. She is the embodiment of liminality–a border creature, part witch, part divinity.  I bought a long patriarchal beard the day I declared war on the oppressors I work with at SCC. I wear it to summon the archetype of this fearsome warrior whenever I strike back at a man who stalked me, took photos of me from behind, sometimes as I leaned over to help students, and posted them on his office door. He broke into my office, made crude demeaning sexual remarks in front of others but still HR did not find this man guilty of sexual harassment. They did finally injunct him from hassing me and he’s “retiring” in a few weeks.

Next I will wage war against a vicious administrator. I wear my beard, take off my shoes, and dance with Yansa again.


Virago Gallery
4306 SW Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 933 – 2444

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Friday – 11 to 7
Saturday – 10 to 6
Sunday – 10 to 4

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Amazing Turn Out and Performances at Shoreline City Hall Last Night

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Puzzle Out: Nine Across last night. I’m so proud to have been a part of this powerful exhibit, poetry readings, and musical performance by some of the region’s most powerful Latinex voices. Thank you to Shoreline City Hall and David Francis for hosting!

Did you miss the opening of Puzzle Out last night? That’s okay. Get a bag of chips and your favorite sip-sip and click on the Youtube link below to hear the program videotaped by my husband and creative partner, Scott Story of Bioluminous.

Raul Sanchez kicks off reading poetry from his book “All Our Brown Skinned Angels” at about 8 mins. Mariah Alicia Merino kicks off her ekphrastic poetry with a piece inspired by Hugo Moro‘s giclee entitled Captain of Industry II at about 22 mins. Anna Balint delivers her epic poetry about the political refugee crisis at about 32 mins. Weep with me at the ethereal and gut wrenching music of Eden Page (starts around 56 mins).


Are you curious about WHY I spent so much time and energy getting this together? Just like clues to a crossword puzzle, the artists in this program help resolve the galvanizing language and racist rhetoric that mark the historic election of 2016 and its aftermath. By celebrating the contributions of Latino/a/x creatives, this exhibit and event challenge racial stereotypes that deny just how vital to our thought leadership and cultural landscape is the varied voice of the Hispanic community.

In a city with a mere 6.6% Hispanic or Latino ethnic presence, the robust cultural contributions of these talented painters, graphic artists, sculptors, photographers, performers, and public artists far exceed their small number. These Latino/a/x artists reach across borders and lines with their work in the studio, the gallery, the academy, municipal office, and corporate world. They invite us to discover an art world that reaches audiences with open hands and hearts. Puzzle Out: 9 Across reminds us that the best the human spirit offers can never be confined by racial stereotypes.

Thank you to the amazing visual artists who agreed to lend their work to Shoreline through April 20, 2018. A remarkable commitment from art professionals who are always exhibiting.

Tracy Carrera, Juan Franco, Gabriel Marquez, Rene Julio, Ettie Wahl, Ulises Mariscal, Hugo Moro, Kristen T. Ramirez




No Hiding Place Down Here To End Thursday!

There are only a couple of days left to the installation at the Seattle Presents Gallery. If you haven’t gone by, please do so before it’s too late.

It has been such a beautiful experience. I can honestly say that I have felt completely supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and by the general community. I mean, the show garnered two newspaper reviews and an interview on public radio!

My public report to the city includes a portfolio of drawings, an account of the art intervention/dialog with the city and community, social media entries, the dvd that was projected onto the tent/installation, and photographs taken by my creative partner in this adventure, Scott Story. Also known as my dearest husband.

If you want to get an abridged peek at my report, here is a pdf: WP report


Juggling Four Shows in October!

This month sees me rushing between Seattle Central College where I teach and four different galleries…delivering and striking shows.


If you haven’t seen Everything Passes Everything Stays yet, hurry on down to Gage Academy.

The show comes down October 4th!



No Hiding Place Down Here continues at the Seattle Presents Gallery through October 12, 2017.

The show has garnered great press, with two reviews and an NPR radio interview! If you have the chance, don’t miss it!


Queror 10, 2014Oils on US tactical fabric20"h x 16"w

I deliver Queror to Lynwood City Hall next week.


Week after that, I deliver and hang a show I have been curating for Shoreline City Hall. Puzzle Out: Nine Across is a much anticipated group show of Latinex artists, with poetry readings and musical performance by some of the most interesting artists working in Puget Sound.  This time I sat out of showing my work. As acting curator I wanted to really showcase the work of artists whose works I admire and who deserve much more recognition than they get.  More on this show as the opening  date nears!

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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