Early life and career
S'eiltin was born into a family of artists. She learned from her mother, who weaved Chilkat robes and sewed skins into garments. As a child, she often visited Tlingit relatives in Haines, Alaska.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1986. She then earned her Masters of Fine Arts in mixed media from the University of Arizona, where she explored her unique aesthetic.
S'eiltin uses classically indigenous materials in her art, including animal pelts and bones. Themes in S'eiltin's works include the impact of Western colonization, postmodernism, and statements of resistance and hope.
One of S'eiltin's works, Hit (House in Tlingit Language), is a 2007 mixed-media installation, including video components, that includes a replica M16 rifle suspended in a 55-gallon glass tank of oil and water. The work demonstrates themes of colonialism and toxic masculinity. The work demonstrates parallels between the Angoon bombardment and the First Gulf War, while also bringing attention to stereotypes and of Indigenous and Muslim women.
On her art, S'eiltin says "I strive to create art that is aesthetically beautiful and informative, the goal is to encourage dialogue and raise awareness."
Awards and recognition
Collections and exhibitions
- Anchorage Museum
- Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
- University of Alaska Museum of the North
- Washington State Arts Commission
Her work has been exhibited in the following group shows and exhibitions:
- Territorial Trappings (M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central College, 2012)
- Making Sense of Things (Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis in collaboration with the McMaster Museum of Art, 2006)
- Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation (Museum of Arts and Design, 2005)
- Eewdoowata’w ag’e: Did They Rob You? (Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, 1999)
- Watchful Eyes, Native American Women Artists (Heard Museum, 1994)
- Everett, Deborah; Zorn, Elayne (2008). Encyclopedia of Native American Artists. Greenwood Press.
- "Exhibitions : Our Side: Elisa Harkins, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Marianne Nicolson, and Tanis S'eiltin". Missoula Art Museum. September 12, 2017 – February 24, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- New Native art Criticism: Manifestations. Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. 2011. OCLC 904871040.
- "Tanis S'eiltin". Western Washington University. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- "Tanis S'eiltin: Territorial Trappings". M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central College. September 24 – October 25, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- "Ebuynativeart : Tanis S'eiltin". Archived from the original on July 10, 2011.
- Yohe, Jill Ahlberg; Greeves, Teri (2019). Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists. Minneapolis Institute of Art in association with the University of Washington Press. p. 264. ISBN 9780295745794. LCCN 2018967294.
- "Making Sense of Things". gormanmuseum.ucdavis.edu. October 3 – December 15, 2006. Retrieved November 9, 2019.