The Framemaker proudly presents paintings by Clarksville, Tennessee artist Tara Swalgren. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on April 4, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of April during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
I am drawn to painting animals with a kind of urgency and desire. What am I doing with my skill if I do not create them? My talents have gone to waste. I want to create these intricate and beautiful creatures that we only see and hear about in folk lore or our fantasies. I want to bring them into our reality, our view. To allow us to gaze upon something so fantastical that it can only be made through art. The imagination I have for these creatures is exaggerated with gold leaf and ink. It adds an idealization to the creatures that can only be attained through those mediums. My art demands the viewers to get lost in the lines and repetitive details of the flowers and fur. It encourages the viewers to enjoy their train of thought and indulge in their imagination, to be there in that moment if only for a minute.
Tara Swalgren is a local Clarksville artist who graduated from Austin Peay State University with a BFA in Studio Art. She focuses on large scale paintings and prefers to work in ink. She enjoys illustrating animals that have a captivating and mysterious feel, which she enhances by incorporating natural elements, such as flowers, crystals, and plants. The creatures she creates are fantastical yet believable.