In this project I continue processes from my earlier 2015–2016 project Archetypal which, together will culminate in a third undertaking of a collaboration with my partner Ed Chen, who is working on a translation of Hieroglyphic texts. Beginning with 4x5 Black and White negative film, I then scan, print via archival pigment printer, and draw or make repetitive marks directly onto the print. Materials are important to my process and in this work I use my blood [sterile & fixed ], as well as pencil, to reference ideas of language and writing systems both literally via referencing our writing tools as well the “language” of life we all share — the lifesource coursing through our bodies, giving us our daily experience.
Almost like taking a survey, each subject is one of the many ways an ancient Diviner, a Seer, an Oracle, a Haruspex, might find meaning in seeming chaos. This can be looking at entrails, patterns in fallen bones, or leaves scattered by the wind. A most interesting way we found meaning in systems is from those not fully developed. This is one way we listen to the instinctive and intuitive guidelines we already have within us.
The development of language and writing systems is fascinating — we began by drawing experiences from nature surrounding us. This then progressed into pictorial or also symbolic languages. The practice of Haruspicy is like a link between the languages we currently use, and the ones we’ve lost yet need only listen carefully to hear.
- Tara A. Cronin
This series won a Portfolio Award in the 2018 San Francisco Bay International Photography Competition.
Tara Anne Cronin is an artist and writer focusing on photography, works on paper, installation and book–arts. She received a BA in Writing from New School University, an MFA from the ICP–Bard Program, and has twice earned the ICP Director’s Fellowship Award.
Holding various co–patents with partner and scientist Ed Chen, one includes a unique polymer made from materials used in Tara’s artwork, which, after scientific research demonstrated itself to be the first synthetic membrane to effectively remove CO2 from air and convert it into useful materials. This resulted in a solo show in the Museo de la Ciudad in Querétaro, Mexico in 2012, and a guest–speaker and exhibition invitation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC.
Having exhibited throughout New York City, North America and Internationally, exhibitions include a six–person exhibition in 2016, “The Curator,” with PDN at Foley Gallery in New York City, and at HMOCA in Hilo, Hawai’i, in 2017. She was a guest–speaker in 2016 at the School of Visual Arts in NY, NY.
Tara and Ed took on the oldest Organically Certified Kona coffee farm in 2015 to apply their agricultural technology and she is now a coffee roaster and farmer as well. She is on the board of directors of the Society