Vibrant colors, crisp line work and dark images catch the eye immediately. In fact, that was what attracted me to Tara McPherson’s art for the first time during (none other than) San Diego Comic Con many years ago. Since then I have seen her work in various publications and on gallery websites. Last year, however, I had the immense pleasure of working with this extraordinary artist, reinterpreting her visions in fabric. I was also thrilled to make it out to her 2010 solo show in Chelsea, NY, where we properly met in person and I finally got to see her original art. Her work is beyond impressive, every line has a distinct purpose, and vivid colors leap across the canvas, bringing the stylized characters to life before your very eyes; proving that McPherson is indeed a master of the “sweet and creepy.”
After her exhibit (and a well deserved vacation) I was able to sit down with Tara to discuss process, inspiration and cotton candy.