"Tanya Duckworth is an artist and a neuroscientist from the NSW Central Coast, based in Sydney, Australia. Her current preferred medium is sculptural installation with accompanying works on paper, exploring neuroscientific concepts and documenting her professional scientific research.
Her professional arts practice began in 1997 when she began a photography traineeship and attended the Sydney Institute of Technology to develop her technical photographic skills ranging from small to large format commercial studio photography, to editorial fashion and traditional darkroom skills. Her practice has since evolved through her art school education at the University of Newcastle from 2000-2002, studying fine arts with a focus on photography, experimental arts and interdisciplinary installation. Tanya developed her painting and drawing skills on a cultural exchange program at San Antonio College in Texas, USA in 2003, where she developed an aptitude for conceptual processes which have strongly influenced her work since.
In 2006 Tanya embarked on a career in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience, and in 2017 she completed a masters degree in this area through Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney.
Tanya is currently a PhD Scholar in Neural and Complex Systems at the University of Adelaide, and will be completing a joint-award program in Copenhagen in collaboration with researchers across several institutions from 2018-2020 (stay tuned, institutions TBA).
Her area of research is the effect of creativity on neuroplasticity and cognition in the context of people living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Tanya has exhibited both locally and internationally, including having her photographic work shown in a public exhibition projected onto the 42 story Linc LIC building in New York City in 2013 and contributing to group shows in San Antonio in 2004, 2008 and 2014. In 2015, her photographic portraiture work was exhibited at the Louvre in Paris, and was published in The Body Collection exhibition catalogue from the event.
Her previous work utilised abstract photographic, painting and installation techniques, to focus on cellular structures and genetics with underlying principles based in alchemical philosophy. Additionally, her painting encompasses a consistent evolving theme of rebirth through destruction as a meditative process of healing traumatic memories. More recently her work has returned to exploring portraits and figurative imagery, focusing on feminine empowerment and identity.
Tanya's current work is focused on exploring the scientific underpinnings of love as a habit-forming biological drive, including the neurobiological processes associated with falling in love, as well as the physiological withdrawal of heartbreak."