Tara was encouraged to pursue art because she imagines odd things in her head that make people smile. Moving from a small town to “the big city” of Toronto, she studied at OCAD University's Drawing and Painting program, along with York University's Community Arts Practice Certificate. Tara soon realized that her training in painting, love for working with people, and growing interest in urban issues could be satisfied through advocating and working in the field of public art. Tara is currently quite happy to be facilitating community mural projects and initiatives as program coordinator at Mural Routes, as well as working as an arts educator with Arts for Children and Youth.
Tara’s work is driven by a feigned seriousness that pokes fun at her own desire for the melodramatic. Bright, neo-Pop works often cast unconventional characters she’s created in picturesque templates compiled of pop-cultural, art-historical and religious tropes. These images are meant to leave viewers with more questions than answers. More recently, Tara has become fascinated with the idea of “paradise” and the contradictions this idea brings (nature and industrial, sacred and kitsch). Working in acrylic paint, and more recently used material, Tara’s work makes use of and emphasizes plasticity and mass-production.
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