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Opening: Palo Alto Arts Center, Papercuts: Large Scale Collage
Dates: Opening June 22nd 2018 7-10pm,
June 16 – August 26th 1313 Newell Rd Palo Alto, CA
Tara de la Garza’s meditations on nature and diversity manifest as a taxonomy of species, collaged together from elements collected from natural history books, magazines and found images. In her second series her species continues to evolve. As they propagate their progeny of bizarre descendants reflect on our own progress.
de la Garza creates “a visual mythology that dissolves both the hierarchy and the boundaries between living things” Sarah Walko
Tara de la Garza likes to think of time in geological terms, evolving slowly. Her evolutionary creatures are an imagining of life on a planet unfettered by overcrowding or even, indeed, the laws of nature. Yet somehow these distorted creatures look as if they could function in the world, much like the parlor game of the Exquisite Corpse, they have a head, a torso and a tail/legs.
Likening the work to that of a scientist discovering a new species she names her creatures based on a nomenclature of relationships, the Latin names attributed to important people in her life. In this exhibited work the species are paired off and create their own descendants.
Creating collages in a workshop is such a rewarding experience for me as the participants can immediately begin to see connections and juxtapositions between the imagery provided and also create their own.
I mentioned to the group that part of my inspiration came from the second hand bookstore in La Jolla and was very happy to hear that one artist went there the next day, mining the $1 book rack for imagery.
I’m please to announce my inclusion in a group show at the San Diego Art Institute called Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media opening at SDAI on April 1, 2017 from 6pm-8pm. The exhibition will run through May 15. Details here
In her recent collage work, Tara de la Garza distorts elements of nature to create new hybrid creatures. Sitting in an uneasy world between biological diversity and unchecked genetic modification, her work is a depiction of a fantasy sci/fi world without humans where nature evolves chaotically but wholeheartedly.