As you walk by Artscape Daniels Launchpad’s Hallway Gallery, you can’t help but be drawn in by Tahsin the Good’s stunning artwork.
“Being able to display my artwork at Launchpad….it’s everything,” says Tahsin. “It means everything to me. It’s hard for me to talk about without getting emotional.”
“Just the idea that people are going to be walking by my art everyday…” her voice trails off. “I want my work to inspire action within people. When you look at my art, what do you feel compelled to do?”
Getting to this point hasn’t been an easy journey for Tahsin. She studied fashion at Ryerson University, but knew that fashion wasn’t her calling. For a while, she worked as a graphic designer, but that wasn’t the right fit for her either. And when she became a mom, she struggled to find a way to share her message with others.
“I spent a lot of time alone and isolated, trying to figure out what I wanted and forcing myself to be honest,” she says. “I had to think about what I wanted to put out into the world and what message I wanted to leave behind.”
That time alone was crucial for Tahsin.
“Whenever you’re going through a big change, the time you have with yourself is so important,” she says. “It’s so scary, I know. But you get to come out on the other side of that stronger.”
It was at this time that she started expressing herself visually and trying to put the messages she wanted to share on a canvas.
This solitary period in her life comes through in her work in some form or another. From the images of the women she selects, to the words on the canvas, to the lines she uses, everything says what she wants it to say: “You have light emanating within you. Let that show who you are and grow with that light.”
But more than that, Tahsin says she wants people to feel a sense of connection to the work. And that’s shown in the connective elements of each piece hanging up at Launchpad’s Hallway Gallery: from the colours, to the selection of images of strong women of colour, to every line and word on the canvas.
Each piece is unique in itself, but also part of a larger whole.
Visit Launchpad and see Tahsin’s powerful work for yourself.