Tara Krebs is a Canadian artist, currently working and residing in Toronto, Ontario where she earned her B.F.A at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Much of her inspiration comes from her love of animals and nature and an interest in curiosities of the world, past and present. Tara was raised in a small suburb of Toronto called Thornhill, where she spent much of her youth locked inside her imagination to avoid the harsh cold climate of the long Canadian winter.
In these works, Tara draws from her childhood memories of impossible worlds made tangible by her imagination and connectedness to nature.
The ripped-from-a-storybook quality to the works, along with their vague titles and lack of narrative text allow only a brief glimpse or scene of a story, requiring the viewer’s imagination to fill in the blanks, much in the way that the artist’s own memories of childhood reach out to her through briefly illuminated fragments.
While viewing these scenes, it is your responsibility to give life to these characters and the environments in which they dwell. Who are they? What are their roles? What brought them to this point in their story, and what comes next? Are the settings the product of a child’s imagination, or do they depict a fantastical reality?
In allowing this space for interpretation, Tara is promoting the use of and patience for one’s personal sense of wonder in a world where information is immediately accessible- unlike her pre-internet childhood where people were often left to wonder and imagine the possibilities of their curiosities long before their questions might be answered.
Tara has exhibited her work internationally and has also painted figures and stop-motion puppets for television. Most days, Tara can be found in her studio, doodling creatures and eating snacks.
To find out more, visit Tara's blog.