Tara Cenybear is interested in the things we carry—our experiences, identities, and traumas—and specifically how we persist in spite of these visible and invisible burdens. She is inspired by humans—in particular woman’s—resilience and adaptability. Tara’s masked female portraits, lifeless feathered creatures, and weighted-down insects depict this everyday defiance.
“Ultimately, my practice is about hope, resolve, and joy in the face of life’s obstacles. My portraits are vivid, multi-layered, fanciful, and unconventional; and they revel in the resilience required of each of us in order to persist.“
Sharing great women is also important to her work. Tara hopes that by presenting the powerful women in the PERSISTERS series, new communities and ideas will be sparked and women will all the more celebrate each other.