…the social construction of white southern womanhood in the antebellum period depended on a simultaneous definition of black women as unfeminine and unwomanly.
Tara McPherson, Reconstructing Dixie
Hazel Carby has long recognized that ideologies of black and white female sexuality “only appear to exist in isolation while actually depending on a nexus of figurations that can be explained only in relation to each other”.
LOST CONSTELLATIONS: THE ART OF TARA MCPHERSON VOLUME 2
Tara McPherson (W/A)
On sale Apr 1
FC, 112 pages
HC, 8 ½" x 11"
Loss, love, and loneliness. Altered forms and transfigured ideas. Power and vulnerability. Parallel universes of the heart and mind. Space and time. In a few brief years, the stunning visual oeuvre of Tara McPherson has grown and evolved at thrilling speed. Expanding beyond the limits of rock poster art into the worlds of commercial illustration and fine art, her paintings, drawings, toys, sculptures, and installations have pushed her influence and authority across the breadth of creative expression and helped redefine the boundaries of pop surrealism. Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume 2 is the compelling road map to the artist’s most recent and ambitious journeys in paint, pencil, and sculpture.
- Lonely Heart: The Art of Tara McPherson, released in 2006, is already in its third printing. The first printing of that book sold out almost immediately.
- Dark Horse Deluxe has a successful line of Tara McPherson products, including stationery, journals, and a spectacular Hellboy Qee.
- Tara and her work have been featured in numerous publications and websites, including Vanity Fair, Elle, The New York Observer, Juxtapoz, and Bust.
Tara McPherson Wandering Luminations, 2013 Oil on linen on panel
Exhibition: Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose at Virginia MOCA (Collection of John Brusger)
Tara McPherson is an artist and illustrator based in New York City. She creates portraits of women that explore the human condition through nature, science, and mythology. McPherson has gained renown for her gig posters for artists like Beck, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie.
In this work, her protagonist stands in darkness. Her watery blue skin and pink eyes seem to be lit from below. Surrounding her are the sticky strands of glowworms. Found in caves in New Zealand, the worms dangle beaded threads of glowing liquid. Their soft blue radiance lures insects. When prey becomes trapped, the glowworms reel it in to feast.