Bringing industrial and cultural building blocks of our daily environment into focus for viewers is the foundation of my work. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice. From recycled skateboards holding the footprint of pas riders to cast concrete, the trademark of masons, my materials all have inherent beauty, strength, and a value beyond their functioning identity. Using these undervalued and overlooked items ; I hope to evoke discussions of memories and raise questions of what is and can be. Perceived function of these materials by the viewer in our life script lend to how these objects are approached. Comprising these materials in a sculptural format to help convert my idea that jewelry is and can be anything the wearer desires.
Tara Locklear graduated from East Carolina University attaining her BFA in Metal Design. Material investigations coupled with perceived value surrounding wearable objects are driving forces in her work. Inspired by urban environments, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialogue of jewelry. Her work has been shown in Detritus an invitational exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, TX, White Gold: The Appeal of Luster an invitational exhibition at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, and Ferrous, a Crafthaus and Velvet da Vinci Juried exhibition at Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, CA and 18kt Gallery in Toronto, Canada. She exhibited and was co-curator for Monochrome Noir at Velvet Da Vinci Gallery and 50/50 Equal Parts at The Gray Gallery in Greenville, NC. Her work can be found currently at Heidi Lowe Gallery in Rehoboth Beach, MD, J.Cotter Gallery in Vail, and Beaver Creek, Colorado, Gallery Lulo in Healdburg, CA and Light Art and Design in Chapel HIll, NC. She has recently taught workshops at Brooklyn Metals Works in Brooklyn, NY, Pratt Institute in New York, NY and Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a recent 2014 Society for Contemporary Craft Lydon Emerging Artist Program Finalist. Tara resides in Raleigh , NC where she works as a studio jewelry artist.