Ostrander’s current project focuses on concerns of environmental toxins and explores complex ideas regarding human interaction with nature.  In these works, New Mexico artist Tasha Ostrander depicts people enacting contemporary shamanic transformations via interactions with colorful, amorphous matter. Ostrander’s motifs call to mind flowing spirits, the cosmic breath of the universe that, conversely, stands in for a stain or toxin that must be managed and finessed in order to achieve healing in a sensitive world out of balance. The images in the series recall explosive energies, shards of glass or ancient ice through which the viewer can glimpse sections of a figure amidst fractals fossilized by space and color. Tasha Ostrander’s performative figures engage with abstract landscapes and floating flowers that seem to spin or to float suspended as if by magic. They encounter liquid pours of alternately acidic and tranquil hues, within which the figures are partially or wholly immersed. At times, the form is obscured by images of hallucinatory landscapes that appear as if light-projected upon the human silhouette in a push and pull of figure ground relationships. The placid, self-possessed unidentified woman and man portrayed are not distressed; instead, their gaze addresses the surreal predicament with penetrating equanimity, with trance-like engagement in their surroundings, and the heavy-lidded attitudes of meditative states..........................................................................Mateo Galvano, 2018