Tara Locklear

PopRoxx Gem Hoop Dangle Earrings 2014

Materials: Recycled skateboards, sterling silver

Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.4 inches

PopRoxx LrG Double Dangle Earrings 2014

Materials: Recycled earrings, maple hard wood, sterling silver, pigment

Dimensions: 3 x 1 inches

The foundation of my work is to bring industrial elements into the viewer’s focus. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice.

About the Artist:

Tara Locklear graduated from East Carolina University attaining her BFA in Metal Design. The foundation of her work is bringing industrial elements into the viewer’s focus. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of her practice. Comprising these materials into sculptural formats relative to time, place and memory, help to convey her idea that jewelry is anything the wearer desires. She has exhibited in the American Craft Council Craft Shows, in Baltimore, Maryland and St. Paul, Minneapolis and shown work in White Gold: The Appeal of Luster, an invitational exhibition at the Racine Art Museum in
Racine, Wisconsin 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 has exhibited in and co-curated Monochrome Noir at Velvet da
Vinci in San Francisco, California and 50/50 Equal Parts at The Gray Gallery in Greenville, NC. Her work can be currently found at J.Cotter Gallery in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, CA, Light Art& Design
in Chapel Hill, NC and in the permanent jewelry collection of the Racine Art Museum on Racine, WI. She has recently taught workshops at Brooklyn Metal Works in Brooklyn, New York, 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 currently resides in Raleigh, NC where she works as a studio jewelry artist.

"The foundation of my work is to bring industrial elements into the viewer’s focus. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice.

Using recycled skateboards holding it’s owner’s footprint to cast concrete, a trademark of masons, my materials all have inherent beauty, strength and benefit beyond their functioning identity. The understood role of these materials by the viewer in our life script lend to the how these
objects I create are approached. Using these undervalued and overlooked items in my creations; I hope to evoke discussions of memories and raise questions of what jewelry can be. 

Comprising these materials into sculptural formats relative to time, place and memory help to convey my idea that jewelry is anything the wearer desires."