Tara Tamaribuchi investigates human life experience in an organic, unfolding art practice. She enters art-making from a Buddhist and diasporic perspective, with interests in impermanence and connecting the past and present to new futures. Working across mediums, from spatial installation and public art to painting and social practice, she builds layered structures of visual and material senses from ancestral forms to everyday phenomena. Her recent projects have delved into impermanence in parenting, connecting Japanese American incarceration experience to incarceration in the US today, memorializing Gen-X rave and club culture, and questioning the norms of colonial collections of material culture.
Tara Tamaribuchi (b. 1975, California) earned a BA in Journalism from George Washington University, a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a MFA from Lesley Art and Design. In the last two years, the artist has participated in exhibitions at Galpão in São Paulo, Brazil, Eastover Contemporary Art Center in Lenox, MA, Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, Arts Mid-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY, and in Seattle at Seattle University Hedreen Gallery, Northwest African American Museum, and Method Gallery. She curated the web-exhibition Reimagining the Future Through the Past for the Washington State Arts Commission for the Washington State Arts Commission and is a juror for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. She is a leader in the effort to save more than 100 Seattle art studios from redevelopment at the Inscape Arts Building, the former INS immigration and detention center in the Seattle Chinatown International District. As an artist, she has been building support from city, county, state and federal leaders, and leading creative placemaking efforts by collaborating with cultural institutions including the Wing Luke Museum and On the Boards. Learn more about that project here. Tamaribuchi currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.