I strive to create images that elegantly articulate the totality of existence, focusing heavily on the broad themes of life and death, with further emphasis placed on ideas of fragility, impermanence and carnality. Death has always possessed a significant presence within the history of art, ranging from altarpieces to the work of the Dutch still life painters. Manifesting melancholic themes with beauty and precision, as these artists did, results in an image that is seductive, forcing the viewer to look, despite its apparent grotesque and morbid nature. Through these images, I aspire to make apparent the restlessness of a life that is knowingly so temporary and vulnerable.
Tara Sellios is a Boston based artist working in large format photography. She graduated from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2010. Since then, she has been awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Curator’s prize at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Art New England Magazine named her one of New England’s “Seven Emerging Photographers”, and she received an international award from Flash Forward 2011 by the Magenta Foundation in Toronto. She has participated in two solo exhibitions, “Lessons of Impermanence” at Suffolk University Art Gallery in Boston, and more recently, “Of the Flesh”, at Gallery Kayafas in Boston. Sellios currently teaches color photography in the pre-college program at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
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