Tara Austin "Boreal VI", acrylic on plexiglass, 24" x 24", 2020



Tara Austin “Boreal VI”, acrylic on plexiglass, 24″ x 24″, 2020


Boreal VI: Part of a miniseries

Boreal VI – IX are all part of a miniseries within Boreal Ornament III that play with a circular shape at their center. Even more so than Boreal V, Boreal VI feels like pure abstraction flirting with natural form.

The texture of the painting unfolds from the shared spaces of two-dimensional geometry. The circle at its center (the same circle found within each painting of this series) sets the stage for all of textural relationships. What is noteworthy about Boreal VI is the repeated totems (to use Austin’s words) of blue and peach curving lines and points seem to transcend all of this background play. Furthermore, the similar patterns found at the base of Boreal VI seem to be morphing from full focus to the background noise of the darker green pigmentation.

One strong interpretation of this interplay (foreground, background, shape and geometry) is of living growth and ancient impression. Much as one would find on the side of a tree where moss is both growing, and has made impressions of its past growth along the wood’s surface.

The pure abstraction of this series in particular allows us to contemplate the connection between immutable forms and the natural world.

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Boreal VI is part of a series within Boreal Ornament III comprised of paintings with a circle at their center. This may not be obvious at first glance, but if you look close enough you'll see it in each of Boreal VI, Boreal VII, Boreal VIII and Boreal IX.

  • About Tara Austin

    Tara Austin is a Duluth artist whose vast body of work is a testament to nature and reality. Her rich landscapes are of chaos, complexity, and order. They hold as much inherent beauty as a satellite image of a hurricane, a sunflowers' petals, or an assemblage of diatoms under a microscope.
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    Boreal Ornament III
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