1980’s, South Africa.

Tanija sits in her small room. Fear and uncertainty grip her. She's not prepared for whats coming, her dreams too vibrant, too unfulfilled. A profound sense of relief washes over her. She envisions her future anew – full of possibilities, art, and freedom. The world awaits, her canvas still blank. She does not become a mother.

1987, Paris.

Tanija, a student in Paris, is introduced to the vibrant art scene. Her days are filled with learning and experimenting, her nights exploring the city's rich culture. She meets mentors and fellow artists who shape her perspective, her style still raw but evolving. Paris becomes her first real taste of independence and artistic freedom.

1990, India.

After a family loss, Tanija travels to India, seeking solace and understanding. The ashram becomes her refuge, a place where she confronts her grief and questions. She finds comfort in meditation and writing, the pain slowly transforming into peace and self-awareness.

1993, New York.

In New York, Tanija's art show reflects her journey, but it's not the sole focus. Her work is well-received, yet she feels the city's pace is overwhelming. It's a crucial step in her career, but she remains grounded, her art a reflection of her experiences rather than her entire identity.

1995, South Africa.

Returning to South Africa, Tanija confronts the expectations of her family and community. Questions about marriage and children are a constant. She feels like a foreigner in her own land, her choices and lifestyle setting her apart. The quiet nights bring introspection. She ponders the what-ifs – a family, a different kind of love and fulfillment. Yet, she holds firm to her path, her individuality.

Tanija navigates a changing political climate. The country is in the throes of transformation, and her art begins to reflect these societal shifts. She feels a deeper connection to her homeland, her work becoming more meaningful and engaged with the issues around her.

1998, Brazil.

In Brazil, teaching art to village children, Tanija finds a new joy. Their laughter, their eagerness to learn, fills her days with a simple, pure happiness. The village life, so different from her own, teaches her about community, belonging, and a different kind of love. She finds a piece of herself in these children, in their innocence and wonder

Tanija teaches art during the World Cup year. Tragically, one of her students dies in the celebrations. The incident leaves a profound impact on her and her art, bringing a new depth and sobriety to her work.

2001, Japan.

Japan brings a new challenge – pottery. The discipline and patience required are new to her. Her initial failures are frustrating, but she perseveres. Crafting her first perfect vase becomes a metaphor for her life – shaped by pressure, but beautiful in its final form. She takes pride in this new skill, this new way of expressing her art.

2004, Egypt.

Standing in the shadow of the pyramids, Tanija is struck by the immensity of time and history. She sketches the ancient structures, pondering their creators, their legacy. Her own life, her own legacy, seems fleeting in comparison. Yet, she feels a connection – her art, her journey, is also a legacy, a mark she must leaves on the world.

2007, South Africa.

At family gathering, being embraced as 'Auntie Tanija' by a child is unexpectedly touching. It's a connection that transcends blood, a bond formed from shared moments and mutual affection. She treasures these relationships, these unexpected extensions of her family. They bring warmth and a sense of belonging that her solitary journey often lacks.

2010, Italy.

After 3 years making works in Milan she has the opening of her gallery. It is the culmination of her dreams. Her artworks, a testament to her travels and experiences, mesmerize the audience. The recognition is gratifying, the realization of her aspirations. Yet, in the stillness of her success, she contemplates her life's choices. The gallery is full, but her home is quiet. Her achievements are many, but her personal life has taken a backseat. Her works are not just visual experiences but immersive, interactive pieces that invite audience participation, blurring the lines between artist and observer.

2013, South Africa.

Presenting her first painting to her nephew… the rest is lost.

2016, Australia.

Tanija begins touring her art globally. Each exhibit is a journey, her works telling stories of the places she's been and the experiences she's had. The tours are successful, bringing her recognition and a sense of accomplishment.

On a secluded Australian beach, the sunset paints the sky in hues of orange and purple. Tanija reflects on her life's journey. A life without children, without a traditional family. There are moments of doubt, of questioning. Yet, she recognizes the richness of her experiences, the depth of her art. Her life is a unique tapestry, woven with threads of independence, creativity, and exploration.

2019, South Africa.

She feels a need to be back home. And then mentoring young artists, Tanija finds a new purpose. Her stories, her experiences, are lessons for the next generation. She sees parts of herself in these young hopefuls. Her guidance shapes their futures, their art. This mentorship is her legacy, her contribution to the world of art and to the lives of these emerging talents.

2022, Home.

In her studio, surrounded by her life's work, Tanija reflects on her journey. It's been unique, filled with challenges and triumphs. Her art has been her companion, her guide, and her voice. She's content, at peace with the path she's chosen and the legacy she's building.