Tina Rath is an American artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tina’s practice moves fluidly between studio jewelry, drawing and printmaking. Sometimes durational, often physically strenuous and always executed with a high attention to detail and a deep interest in process, she explores ideas in distinct bodies of work and projects.
Her work has been exhibited internationally including the Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, ME and at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in NYC and the Mint Museum. Her work can also be found in numerous magazines and books and in many private collections.
Preferring natural materials that have stood the test of time, Tina taps into the inherent beauty and “life force” or vitality that exists in exotic hardwoods, leathers, metal and gemstones to name a few. Obsessed with time, her approach often results in repetitive movements or marks that result in forms that are time and labor intensive. Sometimes this results in accumulations often in service to Tina as a way to focus and concentrate her mind allowing for a momentary sense of timelessness or deep stillness.
Tina taught at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine from 2002-2010. She was the chair of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department from 2006-2010. She also taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She retired from teaching in 2015 to pursue her work full time.
Tina has lectured throughout the US and has been a Visiting Artist at numerous institutions including Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and San Diego State University. She has taught workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Tina was an Artist-In-Residence at Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA and at Haystack.