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Close to Home: A Visual Journal by Tara Sweeney

TARA SWEENEY
CLOSE TO HOME: A Visual Journal

An almanac of observations in watercolor and ink paired with original text explores the extraordinary in the ordinary.

August 25 – October 23, 2014

Reception: Friday, Sept. 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Artist Talk & Demonstration: Tuesday, September 9, 12-2 p.m., Adeline Johnson Conference Center, adjacent to gallery, first floor of Oren Gateway Center

Studio visit with Tara Sweeney

Artist Bio: Tara Sweeney was born in Minnesota and lives in Saint Paul. She has worked in the Twin Cities’ visual arts community for over thirty years. Her distinctive body of work explores figure, identity, and sense of place. She is associate professor and art department chair for Augsburg College, where she has been teaching since 1991. Prior to this she was executive art director for Minneapolis –St. Paul Magazine and an award-winning book illustrator and designer. She earned a B.S. in Studio Art and a B.S. in Textile Design from the University of Wisconsin (1978), and an M.F.A. in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1997). Her work has been widely exhibited and is held in public and private collections.

Artist Statement: Combining art making and writing is integral to this intimate series in watercolor and ink. To be honest, I didn’t intend to continue for six years when I began “Close to Home” late in November of 2009, but it was so much fun that it acquired a life of its own. I don’t consciously try to find subject matter. I wait until something captures my attention. The more ordinary it is, the better. Each entry begins with drawing and writing from direct observation. Reflection also plays a crucial role. To tell my stories I stay inside the lines if it works and invent freely when something else works better. It requires that I pay close attention and stay open to possibility until the process of observation, memory, and invention feel complete. Creating this way is messy, surprising, and deeply satisfying. tarasweeneyart.com

Part of the Fall Art Tour!

Gage Family Art Gallery – map
Hours: M – F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.