2020 Spring Exhibition > Tara Severance

I am a chronically sentimental person. It’d be easy to blame that on the stars or
something but that wouldn't change the fact I have countless stashes of notes and ticket stubs
(some from elementary school) squirreled away like little treasures. They act as a stabilized
form of what would otherwise be an abstract thought or memory. Personally, I find it difficult to
truly organize what can’t be touched. Instead of coming to a resolution, being able to let go,
there’s just a mass of disorganized thoughts. This makes any nostalgia that’s unaccompanied
by a tangible object a sticky mental trap. Through my work I get to explore ways to physically
sort these thoughts out.

Printmaking, papermaking, and digital art lend themselves well to this type of cataloging.
Each medium is capable of producing multiples. Take a run of just one lithograph print; at the
end there’s a whole assortment of objects including the original plate/stone, proofs, misprints,
and final copies. Each product is turned into a memento of sorts. When digital art is added to
the mix, even more “objects” (different save states and sketches) are made.

The conglomerate left by these processes is sometimes overwhelming, but in that lies
the point. This is the closest I can get to actually reorganizing the files of my brain. Selecting the
versions of my works that go on to be shown forces my own nostalgia into a slightly clearer
resolution. So, as much as my work is about my own experiences, it’s also about visualizing and
acting out the process we go through when dealing with the “stickiness” of nostalgia and
memory.

Corner of Meat and Sweet
Digital illustration
2018
The Memory Bog
Digital illustration
2020
Do Not Chew
Handmade paper sculptures in an old altoid tin
3.75 in x 2.3 in x 2 in
2019
Do Not Chew
Handmade paper sculptures in an old altoid tin
3.75 in x 2.3 in x 2 in
2019
Do Not Chew
Handmade paper sculptures in an old altoid tin
2019
Sweet Tooth
1 Color Lithograph on handmade paper with embroidery
14 in x 5.75 in
2018
Sweet Tooth
1 Color Lithograph on handmade paper with embroidery
14 in x 5.75 in
2018
Welcome Home, We Missed You
3 layer silkscreen on Stonehenge paper
22 in x 14.5 in
2017