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 is an artist based in Seattle, WA. She began her art career as a painter and then shifted her practice to work across mediums after working in temporary public art. Her recent projects include Awakening the Buddha (intervention at Seattle Asian Art Museum), and the first showing of Groove Bardos at Mass MoCA, and curating a web exhibition, Reimagining the Future Through the Past for the Washington State Arts Commission. This past year, she has been 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 On The Boards, Wa Na Wari, and the Wing Luke Museum. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Lesley Art+Design, a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a BA in Journalism from George Washington University.