Tara Austin “Arborvitae”, oil, acrylic and gold leaf on plexiglass, 48″ x 72″, 2018



The only triptych in Boreal Ornament III, Arborvitae is interesting for its blend of purely natural and at times seemingly-synthetic structures.

Though perhaps Arborvitae simply brings us face-to-face with one of the idiosyncrasies of scale itself: when we look at everything both infinitely smaller or larger than our own plane of existence, the clean straight lines we associate with artificial trickery seem to become the norm. Planets are, on the whole, spherical. Atoms are, on the whole, just as uniform in their configurations. The cosmos seem to be, on the whole, mathematically driven.

In this sense, Arborvitae gets to the atomic level. The scale of molecules, and other building blocks of matter. And if for no other reason than the fact that the majority of her work resembles life, we’re led inexorably to the conclusion that these are the molecules that build life as we know it. Not of rocks and minerals, but of trees, crocodiles, and the primordial ooze of all living things.

Arborvitae has a pulse and carries with it a bolt of blue-green electricity.

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Arborvitae is a triptych exploring the building blocks and marrow of life itself.

  • 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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