Tacita Dean studied painting at the Slade School of Art (London). Since the mid-1990s, film and photography have been her preferred mediums.
She also works in chalk on blackboards, and paints postcards and photographs using slow, complex methods. Dean’s films reveal great attention to detail, based on fixed long takes. She records the effects of passing time, particularly in the traces left by the activities of individuals, in natural elements such as stones and trees. She develops this theme in filmed portraits of anonymous individuals and older artists. Passionate about cinema, Dean sees the current split between non-digital and digital film as a metaphor for a heightened awareness of time that informs all her work.