Tara Moorman, “Letters to my Ancestors”
November 1 – December 27, 2018
Tara Moorman was raised in a family of fine craftsmen and women who were always building something. She embraces their creative and artistic traditions. Inspired by old family photographs and a desire to bring her ancestors to life, the photos became an opening that allowed her to merge art with love of family, history, ancestry and storytelling. Her ancestors beckon her to keep working and sharing her creativity with the world.
Tara’s work “Letters to my Ancestors”, her summer 2017 solo show at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) was widely received. Tara’s artwork and intuitive writings from the show were published by the CRMA. She has exhibited at numerous juried exhibitions at the CRMA, Black Earth Gallery, Polk County Heritage Museum, Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and the Sedona Art Center.
Her work is found in many public and private collections, including the United Way of East Central Iowa, The American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge at the University of Iowa Hospitals, St Luks Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Tara was born in Newton, Kansas. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. She lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A box of old family photographs from the 1800’s – 1960’s, inherited from my mother and grandmother, are the impetus for my work. Inspired to bring these ancestors to life, the photos became an invitation to merge my art, love of family, history, ancestry and storytelling. Painting their spiritual light with an aura of rainbow colors, creates an etheric atmosphere, while showcasing their period clothes, beautifully patterned dresses, boots, hats and cars lends a contemporary feel to the portraits.
Meet my maternal grandmother, Anna Stubblefield Nation, follow her life as a young girl, living on a farm, through her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Charlie Nation, up until her last days. If you see your family in mine, please join me, reconnecting and honoring those who came before.