Tara Shukla


Tara Shukla

Through my work I present visual experiences.  I begin my drawings by observing  things around me.  The closer I look, though, the less clear these things seem.  Objects and edges shift and evolve;   the drawing becomes a dialogue between form and process, representation and abstraction, imaginary and real. 

My recent drawings of natural objects were inspired by traditions of scientific illustration.  I work from observation in small sketches and choose images to enlarge.  I’m absorbed by the task of seeing increasing amounts of detail and rendering forms and surfaces.  Strangely, the forms continue to elude me, objects resemble other things:  a bat, a skull.  The drawings embody both the desire to understand through careful, slow analysis and an awareness of the ultimate impossibility of this attempt.  


Lives and works in Grinnell, Iowa