Tara Austin "Boreal IX", acrylic and aluminum leaf on plexiglass, 24" x 24", 2020



Tara Austin “Boreal IX”, acrylic and aluminum leaf on plexiglass, 24″ x 24″, 2020


Boreal IX: 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. Boreal IX might be called tribal, mystical, or even theological (depending upon ones perspective).

The connection of four points between the central circle and outer edges is clearest. It would seem (at least unconsciously) to be representing the four cardinal directions. Just as a matter of historical fact, this is a motif that we find embedded within belief systems the world over. As with Boreal VIII (though not as prominent), we here have an indication of spheres that are potentially celestial in origin. They appear almost as though they are different stages of a moon’s orbit.

The rosemaling ornamentation here appears to serve a higher purpose by representing the invisible fields that bind all of the objects together. Because these elements are strongest within the center (and because they all share the color blue), we are at least aware of the powerful center from which everything else operates. It isn’t just a focal point in this work. Whether natural or conscious in origin, there is a will at the epicenter of Boreal IX.

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Boreal IX 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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