Tara will discuss her approach to medium and ideation between modes of figuration and abstraction in her work.
“My love of craft techniques and working with my hands drives me to work in varied materials. As a result, I tend to create in multiple directions, and on several distinct bodies of work simultaneously. Expanding my practice through material experimentation is my way of embracing multiplicity and curiosity, understanding that diversity in all things makes for a more abundant life and that learning can happen in diversity in all things makes for more abundant life, and that learning can happen in bellies and fingers as much as in heart and mind.
I make clay sculptures, acrylic paintings, and weave textiles. Fluctuating between bright punching colors and subdued monochromatic forms, I make both figurative and abstract art. Art-making is my sense-making through personal investigations of collapse, fragility, and interdependence. My figurative works tend to serve as historical interpretations while abstract forms illustrate emotional states in this time of mass extinction, global degradation, and the power imbalances that result in ecocide.”
Tara K Daly is a multi-disciplinary artist based in California’s Bay Area. A graduate of the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture and the San Francisco Art Institute, Tara has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Penland School of Crafts, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship to be in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited work at the Museum of Craft and Design, Contemporary Craft Center, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Richmond Arts Center, among other non-profit galleries nationally.