Name: Tara Pierce
Occupation: Graduate student at Oregon State University in the environmental arts and humanities masters program.
Hometown: “I don't really have one, I moved a lot as a kid. But I always lived on the coast.”
Exhibit: “In the Pursuit of Knowledge.”
Location: Rhizosphere Studios, 230 SW Third St., No. 201.
Media: “Traditionally trained in oil painting, I switched to acrylic to be more environmentally friendly. Recently, I have begun demateralizing my art practice to be as green as possible. I stopped buying art supplies several years ago, and once I run out of paint and canvas I will stop using them entirely. This show is made up completely of found and borrowed objects, some upcycled as collage and others made into sculpture and installation pieces.”
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About the exhibit: “All work was made at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, where I am an artist-in-residence. The work examines and questions knowledge production by using classic and modern scientific instruments/tools as the foundation for each piece. Materials and videos came from the (Science Center), the Marine & Geology Repository, and the Ocean Observing Center.”
Inspiration: “During my undergrad, I tried to double major in art and marine biology. This proved too costly, but I found my calling by dedicating my art career to marine life.”
Impact on viewer: “It is my hope that viewers leave with a deeper understanding of how we seek to know the world, how art and science can benefit each other, or at least questions about these things. Additionally, I hope they gain an interest in art and science as independent fields.”
Previous exhibits: Locally: Badhuman Studios, The Beanery, Kidder Hall at OSU. Elsewhere: The Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center, The James May Gallery in Algoma, Wisconsin, and Vita Cafe in Portland.
What people should know: “Fun fact: I lived on a sailboat for two years.”