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.