Tara de la Garza’s meditations on nature and diversity manifest as a taxonomy of
species, collaged together from elements collected from natural history books,
magazines and found images. Her ongoing series continues to evolve. As they
propagate their progeny of bizarre descendants reflect on our own progress.
de la Garza creates “a visual mythology that dissolves both the hierarchy and the
boundaries between living things” Sarah Walko
Tara de la Garza likes to think of time in geological terms, evolving slowly. Her
evolutionary creatures are an imagining of life on a planet unfettered by
overcrowding or even, indeed, the laws of nature. Yet somehow these distorted
creatures look as if they could function in the world, much like the parlor
game of the Exquisite Corpse, they have a head, a torso and a tail/legs.
Likening the work to that of a scientist discovering a new species she names her
creatures based on a nomenclature of relationships, the Latin names attributed
to important people in her life. In this exhibited work the species are paired
off and create their own descendants.
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