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The Panoramic Floatmounts of Tara Tamaribuchi

“I realized journalism wasn’t right for my personality.” For Tara Tamaribuchi, transitioning from working in journalism to studying painting was a natural transition. Originally from California, she worked as a reporter, but her career and her art lead her to investigating questions of identity.

Her aesthetic transitioned toward installation and conceptual art. Tara’s works tend to work within certain structures, patterns, or compositions, which is apparent in her latest exhibition, Ephemeral Panoramas. “I like to mess them up and then resolve them. It's a metaphor for the hybridity of identity about Asian American experience and finding identity in America.”

“I’m not a photographer at all,” she admits, but coming from a background in painting her interest stems from locking in shapes. This is from where her recent show was born; It was about the experience of riding the bullet train in Japan from Kyoto to Tokyo during a trip two years ago. She put her iPhone against the window while using the panoramic setting and noticed the image was fragmented and truncated as the phone tried to process the image in real time. “At the time it was really amazing to see the everyday technology creating art, but it was unique, it wasn’t something the phone could recreate every time I took the photo.”

Recalling Japanese culture, she relates her series back to the notion of how compacted it often is living in Japan. Tara considers her photos a contemporary nod to traditional Japanese Golden Screen panoramic paintings especially noting the photos’ depictions of landscape.

After considering different artistic applications, Tara chose to display the photos as stand alone works. She considered having the photos floatmounted and found her ideal option on Artmill. She finished her artworks by applying 24-karat gold to the edge of the floatmounts to tie the photos back to Golden Screens. “I realized that on their own there was a lot of information there. It made sense to me to have the photos mounted.”

“The process was really fantastic and easy. I was surprised by how well it came out. For anyone who is interested in photography or whatever medium, Artmill is a great website to check out.”

Tara is showing her photo series, Ephemeral Panoramas, from January 30th to February 23rd at Core Gallery in Seattle, WA.