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Johanna Tagada’s practice is built upon a commitment to extending art into daily life and, likewise, to incorporating daily life into artistic practice. The mutual inspiration of everyday rituals and artistic practice is particularly evident in Tea Vessels, a series of Japanese watercolour painting on paper containing a continuously growing family of over hundred fifty pieces. Originally known as Saying Stop to the Screen - Saying Yes to the Brush, this body of work was initiated as a quotidian parallel painterly practice in 2017 while editing Journal du Thé - Chapter 1. Each of the painting depicting objects related to tea culture is created within twenty minutes, during which a cup of tea would be savoured.


Johanna Tagada (*1990, Strasbourg, France) is a painter and interdisciplinary artist based in London, rural Alsace (France) and rural Tamil Nadu (India). Her practice composed of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, film, photography and writing often conceals ecological messages, rendered in soft and delicate methods. In several of the artist’s projects interaction with the environment and others plays a central role. Solo exhibitions include Épistolaire Imaginaire – Merci at Galerie Jean-Francois Kaiser, and Take Care – きをつけてat Nidi Gallery. In 2014, Johanna founded the positive and collaborative cultural project Poetic Pastel. In 2018, the artist cofounded the publication series Journal du Thé – Contemporary Tea Culture.

Tea Vessels, Johanna Tagada