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Tiera May

Artist Bio + Statement

Tiera May is a visual artist and musician from Northern California. She currently resides in Spokane, Washington.


May’s work has been featured at the Nevada City Film Festival, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Blue Line Art Gallery, The Museum of Northern California Art, B-So Gallery and 1078 Gallery.

Artist's statement 

My art explores mythology, folklore and mysticism through analog collage. Manipulating elements of iconography as a means of investigating visual semiotics is the primary focus of my work. By removing imagery from its original context and placing it in juxtaposition with another, a transmutation takes place and a new visual language is created.

Working with paper as a medium in what is becoming a paperless age has become an obsession of mine. Because of my reverence for and fascination with relics of the past, the dismantling of rare and out of print books to incorporate specific elements in my collages is like a ritual sacrifice; the act of cutting up an antique book pains the bibliophile in me yet I am still compelled to do it. This continuous dance of destruction and creation is integral to my process.

Past Exhibitions

1078 Gallery

Chico, CA


Nevada City Film Festival
Nevada City, CA


B-SO Space Gallery
Chico, CA


Chico, CA


Museum of Northern California Art
Chico, CA


Blue Line Art Gallery
Roseville, CA


Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nevada City, CA


2017   Sierra College, Associate Degree in Liberal Arts & Cultures

2016   Sierra College, Associate Degree in Studio Art

2016   Sierra College, Associate Degree in Applied Art & Design

Upcoming Exhibitions

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