2003 - 2021
paintings, soft sculpture, puppetry and VFX
The soft sculpture “Peche” is a giant mouse puppet, inspired by the Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry involving four puppeteers. This piece evolved into the music video "A La Creme", by Ivette Spradlin.
As a child of the 80’s with a massive stuffed animal collection, I grew up with Jim Henson’s Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.
My acting and improv experience, and animation/VFX training have enabled me to breath life into my fine art puppets in original videos featured on my TikTok channel: @taracreatures
Other works include: “Red Odalisque”, the red Muppet-like Cyclops puppet that I performed with in a variety show theater production, and later painted his portrait from life in the studio, as he sat alongside two suspended feathered Putti.
Other similar works include the “Ermine” series that featured yarn creatures I knit and posed against cloth backdrops. Perhaps I was thinking of Leonardo’s “Lady with an Ermine”, but without the Lady.
Other soft sculptures were meant to be the subjects for paintings, but instead became performance pieces, like the cloth and paper mache “Fire Dragon”, that was inspired by Chinese Fire Dragon Festivals.
My art was meant to perform.