Tara Flores is a visual artist exploring the intersection between art, science and spirituality. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2007 with a BFA in Painting, her focus has been on developing her process of creating brightly colored, large-scale abstract paintings layered with organic shapes and dashes inspired by the microscopic subject matter of our Inner Space, emotional landscapes and the movement and conservation of energy. She has adapted these and similar topics for both private commissions and solo shows. Tara’s work has been chosen for juried exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, in addition to recently being featured in Art Maze Magazine and 1340 Art Magazine. Her work continues to evolve. She lives with her two children in the woods near Seattle, WA.. Read CV.
"My latest series of abstract paintings, Boundaries Lost and Found, considers the boundaries of our physical bodies in space at the energetic level.
Most of us operate as if there are defined limits to what we think of as "self" but what happens when we scale down and see that we're made of atoms that are mostly made of space? Or that there are far more bacterial cells holding our body together than human ones? A feeling I’ve tried to capture in my work is the moment when I’ve kept so still and have become so relaxed that I can no longer feel where my body ends and the space around me begins. Like all my atoms are spreading out and floating away. Maybe this is why setting emotional boundaries is so hard. There’s not a strict “us and them,” “this or that,” “me vs. you.” Energy is fluid, we are space and we are movement. It’s not in our nature to be contained.
I paint what I would want this tiny science to look like. The beautiful, awe-inspiring energy of it all that operates where science and spirituality meet. The boundaries, the membranes, the movement and scale of life. All of my work is about energy and movement- the essential elements of existence. It’s the movement of energy as emotion, in life, in death, as light, and as information. I visualize the peaks and valleys of emotion and imagine inner landscapes of our bodies, our cells, our psyches. I wonder how knowledge moves between membranes and how chemicals help us grieve. It’s this inner space that feels so tiny and mysterious and yet so all-encompassing that I want to explore."
WHY ABSTRACT ART?
Abstraction gets me. There’s an immediacy to it. You can't know what it is, what it “means” or what it is trying to convey for sure, but you feel it.
It works outside the bounds of language. It cuts through the struggles entangled inside the modern human condition by bringing you back to your soul. Reminding you of you. Steeping you in emotion, knowing and connection.
Even if you don’t “get it,” it gets you.
I tried for a long time to figure out abstract art before I realized that to understand it is to feel it. Emotion understands it, not intellect. Making these connections, to how we feel, how we think, what we want. Well, it's the whole point.
Interview on The Creative Unconscious: "I have two small kids and I consider that my full-time job. My art is my other as-full-as-possible-time job so hobbies aren’t really a thing for me right now. In theory, I love gardening. In another life I’d be happy as a flower farmer- or a physicist. The history of science and the discovery of the universe is fascinating to me and I’d love to understand the actual science from the inside out rather than just the cliffs notes version. I’d still want to make art but it would be a great mix of research, theory and artistic creativity." Read full interview.
Interview on Emboss Magazine: "My Boundaries Lost and Found series is about physical and emotional boundaries on an energetic level. We're convinced there are defined limits to what we think of as "self" but what happens when we scale down and see that we're made of atoms that are mostly made of space? I’m interested in the inner landscapes of our bodies, our cells, our psyches. I wonder how knowledge moves between membranes, how chemicals help us grieve, and how our energy interacts in relationship to another’s. I paint what I would want this tiny science to look like." Read full interview.
Interview on Artist Meets Mother with Jenna Michelle Pink: "Inspired by scientific theory the art of Tara Flores is brilliantly vibrant and filled with a sense of high energy. Each large scale canvas is covered with lines, shapes and dashes visually representing the experience of life and the beauty of science. A mother of two, Tara successfully balances her passion for art and her responsibilities as a parent enriching her life and the life of her children in the process, I find out how she does it in this Artist Meets Mother interview." Read full interview.