Ta Mueller Harley is a Swiss-born artist with a fascination for contrasts, speed, slickness and sub-texts. Working both in Europe and the US has given her insight into different idiosyncratic patterns of language, social coding, sound system and visual preference. She layers, mixes, blurs and emphasizes details from those impressions. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and has exhibited on the East and West Coast, in group and solo exhibitions.
How did you become an artist? Did you study it in school or take it up as a hobby?
I started making art from an early age, however my first career back in Switzerland was in advertising. A few years into it I wanted to take a break from creating messages for others and work on my own message. I moved to New York to study film, but then switched to fine arts. I got my MFA from the School of Visual Arts. Fun times!
Have you always been artistically inclined?
I was a creative kid. Painting, designing cards, writing stories, making up math puzzles, decorating my room… creating stuff, exploring ideas, that was (and is) my world.
Does art inform your life in other ways?
I see art (and design) woven into every part of life: My living space, nature, food… I am constantly inspired by little details, beautiful shapes and colors.
What is your favorite subject?
I would have to say my fav subject is all facets of human behavior.
Do you prefer people or things?
Before kids, I preferred things – but, now? Definitely people!
How do you see art influencing interior design? Would you lead with the art or the room?
Art can make such a difference! I would lead with the room.
Do you view art as an investment?
The art market is volatile – personally, I buy what I like with the intention of keeping it for a lifetime.
What is your personal design style?
Clean, bits of color, contrast. No clutter, please, or old green hues.