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Dutch Still Life Inspired Photography with a Grotesque Twist

tara sellios photography

I strive to create images that elegantly articulate the totality of existence, focusing heavily on the broad themes of life and death, with further emphasis placed on ideas of fragility, impermanence and carnality. Death has always possessed a significant presence within the history of art, ranging from altarpieces to the work of the Dutch still life painters. Manifesting melancholic themes with beauty and precision, as these artists did, results in an image that is seductive, forcing the viewer to look, despite its apparent grotesque and morbid nature. Through these images, I aspire to make apparent the restlessness of a life that is knowingly so temporary and vulnerable.—Tara Sillios

Tara Sellios is a Boston based artist working in large format photography. Most recently work from her series Seven Evil Thoughts and Retribution was shown at Gallery Kayafas in Boston.

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography

tara sellios photography