TARA BLACKWELL is American but lives in North America
Tara Blackwell’s childhood was composed of morning cartoons, Sunday comic strips, candy logos, and cereal box mascots. Growing up in a house of artists in Connecticut, experimentation and curiosity were in her nature as she explored the messaging, brightness and punch of the commercial world around her. She spent time in the art studio starting from a young age and developed a relationship with color, texture, and layering to create playful and nostalgic works that are infused with pop culture and familiar media.
While pursuing a degree in advertising, Blackwell learned a fundamental lesson that can be applied in art and beyond: the visual messaging we see all around us, whether it be an advertisement on a bus station or a widespread Super Bowl commercial, has the power to communicate new information that influences the way people live. She infuses her works with wit and humor to bring themes of social justice, feminism and empowerment to the foreground.
What we love
In a time where talks of equality are still occurring, Blackwell employed her skills in advertising and art to create her Pop Art paintings that weave narratives around contemporary issues while using figures and imagery that are familiar to us. Using glue, spackle, and plaster, Blackwell begins with a multilayered foundation that she continues to build upon with acrylic, mixed media, and textural elements. The dynamic messaging portrayed through her paintings has an underlying process that is more gritty and messy in comparison to the clean, bold lines of graphic imagery. This contrast offers a new perspective on subject matter and is symbolic of her personal life experiences.