“Boundaries Lost and Found” series of abstract paintings considers the boundaries of our physical and energetic bodies in relationship with others at the energetic level.
Most of us operate as if there are defined limits to what we think of as "self" but what happens when we scale down and see that we're made of atoms that are mostly made of space? Or that there are far more bacterial cells holding our body together than human ones? A feeling I’ve tried to capture in my work is the moment when I’ve kept so still and have become so relaxed that I can no longer feel where my body ends and the space around me begins. Like all my atoms are spreading out and floating away. Maybe this is why setting emotional boundaries is so hard. There’s not a strict “us and them,” “this or that,” “me vs. you.” Energy is fluid, we are space and we are movement. It’s not in our nature to be contained.
I paint what I would want this tiny science to look like. The beautiful, awe-inspiring energy of it all. The boundaries, the membranes, the movement and scale of life. All of my work is about energy and movement- the essential elements of existence. It’s the movement of energy as emotion, in life, in death, as light, and as information. I visualize the peaks and valleys of emotion and imagine inner landscapes of our bodies, our cells, our psyches. I wonder how knowledge moves between membranes and how chemicals help us grieve. It’s this inner space that feels so tiny and mysterious and yet so all-encompassing that I want to explore.
After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2007 with a BFA in Painting, her focus has been on creating large-scale abstract paintings with a rich history of complex and fragmented information via color and shape. Tara’s work explores the intersection of art, science and spirituality and is inspired by quantum subject matter and the movement and conservation of energy. She has adapted these topics for private commissions and both gallery and museum shows. Her work has been included in several print publications and national exhibitions, including several in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.