Before the merman, before the math, there was a girl with big dreams and a bright view of the world, melting crayons into hearts and folding voices into clay, thinking mostly impractical things…


Anatomy of a Human Heart

Wax. Originally a study on the form of repetition, several identical pieces were discarded, leaving two separate pieces, or “chambers” which are mirrored in the base. The concept evolved from Psalm 22:14b, “…my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast,” and is an early exploration into the relationship between the structural lines of science and the fluidity of art.



Jerusalem Prayer

Glazed Stoneware. Inspired by the Hebrew and Arabic lettering for peace, this “impractical container” brings together the Semitic scripts into the shape of a womb or, if seen from above, a cross, and is reminiscent of a candle flame.




The Moment of a Force

Digital Sketch. CG rendering of Tara’s personal engineering notes covering rotational motion and the cross product of three-dimensional vectors, where color and shape replace traditional, mathematical variables.




Lotus Teacups

“You see, Dominic, greatness is not often derived from the object itself, but from the systems and conditions that surround it.”

-Gill Ullrich, Rebel Fires

Glazed Stoneware. Pinch pot teacups (25 ml) on a structural, lotus flower base marked one of the first explorations into the ideas and themes that would become Rebel Fires & The Merman’s Mark.




Acrylic, Impasto on Wood. An old farmhouse door destined for the landfill is given a new story: an ancient icon from an abandoned monastery. Named for the worms that crawled from its crevices during sanding, the damaged wood inspired reflections on the iconoclastic debate and the meaning of “usefulness.” Inspired by the Madonna at Czstochowa, an icon with its own dramatic past that was so common to the funeral cards of Tara’s childhood, the piece invites the viewer to “discover” the image and finish its history: what if the icon had not been so carefully looked after and defended? What if it was up to you to decide its fate? Would you restore the image or the door?

See also:

Among the Shadows: Wormwood Commentary

Wormwood Commentary (Irreverent Version)