Tara Austin “WP #4″, acrylic on plexiglass, 20″ x 16”, 2016


Channeling Natural Philosophy

Having cited the color plates of Ernst Haeckel as part of Austin’s inspiration, we are left to contend with the surrealist face at the epicenter of WP#4. Reminiscent of Dusty Turquoise Waters in its roominess and overt provocation, WP#4 is certainly a painting to be reckoned with. We clearly see the three-dimensional rosemaling so beautifully rendered at the four corners.

But the figure taking center stage isn’t fully formed into anything in particular. For all of its details and anthropomorphic ratios, there’s still something unknowable at its core. Forever beyond the reach of understanding, WP#4 carries the appeal of the other.

Although different in color and depiction of underlying motif, the paintings WP#4 and WP#8 share an incredible kinship. Compare the two works to the right to examine their similarities and differences.

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The painting WP#4 is incredibly similar to WP#8. Compare the two works to the right to examine their similarities and differences.

WP#4 WP#8
  • 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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