Lots A’ Doin’

So I have been feverishly working on all of my prep work for my June Show: cleaning up edges, touching up details, cleaning my statement, bio, resume, working on business cards, and getting some good shots of the work. I think I am at a good place with by Bio, Artist Statement and Show statement, with a lot of help from a great friend… and without further adieu:

Bio (which will replace by Blog Bio):

Born in Bethlehem, PA in 1978, Taryn Myers cannot remember a time that she didn’t love drawing. From early on she had a penchant for presenting things a little out of the ordinary; her earliest memories include drawing a turkey around Thanksgiving in Nursery School that was not standing on the ground. When asked why, she answered firmly that it had jumped when she went to draw it; she got a poor grade because it was not drawn “like everyone else’s.” Taryn attended formal art courses at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA and had been awarded the Arts Ovation Award in 1996 for excellence in visual arts among high school students within the City of Allentown. Taryn then went on to graduate from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA in 2000 with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts.

While drawing was her first love, it wasn’t until after graduating college that Taryn found true comfort and passion with paints, but she continues to present in an unexpected manner. She enjoys making social commentary with her images. Traditionally, she has worked most with floral imagery, forcing the viewer to observe a traditionally comfortable image in a more uncomfortable perspective, challenging the viewer to question their traditional perspectives on society. Her current series, “Mothering Earth,” twists the common image of earth as our mother around. Instead of Earth mothering all her occupants, Earth is shown as something that needs, requires mothering. Earth is mothered by an outside force representative of all that humanity should be: loving, protective, supporting, watchful, embracing… mothering.
Artist Statement:

Art to me has always been a social expression. My first major series challenged people to view the iconic image of beauty, the rose, in non-traditional, almost abstracted perspectives. I took the rose, created up close, larger-than-life images of it that were slightly distorted because of the tight perspective, but still recognizable. The idea was to illustrate that the concept beauty was not “black and white”, but rather a colorful range of dimension. What could be ugly to one person was beautiful to another.

Although I have moved on from my monochromatic images of roses, I haven’t strayed too far from my concepts. I expanded my base of commentary to include a vast variety of flowers – still representing various aspects of society. Now my flowers represent the vastness of the world society, culture, humanity. We are all essentially the same around the world (we are all human), yet different and beautiful in our own ways (skin color, language, customs). The flowers that I now paint in oil are also essentially the same (they are all flowers), yet very different in various ways (species, color, size).

Continuing my social commentary, I aim to be a little more “green”, but still challenge the viewer to see things from a different perspective. My current series, “Mothering Earth”, takes the common image of earth as our mother, but instead Earth is shown as something that needs, requires mothering.

Each project tends to revolve around a common theme, usually socially-driven. I keep an open mind and an open heart, and always strive for some unique perspective.

Show Statement:

I Will Support You
One of the works in the current show at The Stone Church, I Will Support You (Oil on canvas; 30″ x 40″)

Art to me has always been a social expression. My current series, “Mothering Earth”, takes the common image of earth as our mother, but instead Earth is shown as something that needs, requires mothering. Earth is mothered by an outside force representative of all that humanity should be: caring, loving, supporting, watchful, embracing… mothering. I painted the images in oil and on larger canvases (the smallest being 48” x 24”) to remove myself a little from my comfort zone. If I am going to continually challenge my viewers to remove themselves from their day-to-day norms, shouldn’t I as well?

Each project tends to revolve around a common theme, usually socially-driven. I keep an open mind and an open heart, and always strive for some unique perspective.

Woo… Now to get my good shots of the works…

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