Tara Flores is an artist and mother of two. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2007 she settled down in the Pacific Northwest and finds the artistic culture and creative community incredibly inspiring and supportive. Her focus since graduation has been on brightly colored, large-scale abstract paintings with scientific themes. Her work continues to evolve. She lives and works near Seattle, WA.
When I step back from my sometimes chaotic and intermittent process, ideas about energy and movement- the very essential elements of existence become clear. Over and over again, my work comes down to the movement of energy as emotion, in life, in death, as light, and as information. I imagine inner landscapes of our bodies, our cells, our psyches. I wonder how knowledge moves between membranes and how chemicals help us grieve. It’s this inner space that feels so tiny and mysterious and yet so all-encompassing that I want to explore.
I do this through abstraction because of its immediacy. I believe abstract art in particular, has an ability to move the energy in the viewer in an inexplicable and awe-inspiring way, creating an emotion without having to explain itself. It bypasses logic. You don’t need to figure it out or understand it, you just feel it. You don’t have to get it, it gets you. It’s a beautiful demonstration of the functioning of this Inner Space.