Tara Locklear

UrA:SV Necklace

Medium/Materials: Recycled skateboards, poplar wood, sterling silver, pigment

Dimensions: 24" x 6" x .25"

Year: 2013

UrA:SVIII Necklace

Medium/Materials: Recycled skateboards, purple heart wood, sterling. silver, agate

Dimensions: 24" x 6" x 1"

Year: 2013

Artists Statement: 

The foundation of my work is to bring industrial and cultural building blocks of our daily environment into the viewer's focus. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice. From recycled skateboards holding it's rider's footprint to cast concrete, a trademark of masons, my materials all have inherent beauty, strength and value beyond their functioning identity. Using these undervalued and overlooked items; I hope to evoke discussions of memories and raise questions of what jewelry can be. Perceived function of these materials by the viewer in our life script lend to the how these objects are approached.  Comprising these materials into sculptural formats help to convey my idea that jewelry is anything the wearer desires.

Artist Biography:

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.