TARA CENTYBEAR | LITTLE DEATH / by Margaret Hernandez


  North County based artist, Tara Centybear creates a somber but yet tranquil painting series that explores the intersection of pain in beauty within the human experience.  Her subject, both living and perished birds, represent beauty as a security and the abstract subject of emotional identity which in a traumatic loss, beauty can be redefined.  Little Death combines vibrantly colored birds and their feathers with cool gray toned backgrounds while interjecting objects such as a bag, brick and string, which reflect what the artist refers to as “clashing experiences” akin to the mark a trauma that can often confuse the difficulty in ones life with the beauty.