Tamara had hung a photocopy of an Egyptian figure next to the sculpture above. She explained to me that she had been holding onto this image for a long time, later discovering its relationship to the piece she is currently working on. I love how the studio can hold the artist's secrets. Tamara's three dimensional works have the same celebratory and mystical quality as her paintings, as well as the many installation pieces she has also done. She showed me how at one point she was putting various objects right on her canvas. I thought of it as a way of humanizing these abstract works, like giving a gift to the painting, or making the painting an altar within itself.
What an enlightening time I had in Tamara's studio, listening to her stories about her travels and multiple experiences at different residencies, watching her work on her paintings and sort through things. When I had decided to draw the large figure she was currently working on, she let me pick which head to put on it. It was so cool to have this choice -- an extraordinarily macabre way to help dress the figure for its portrait. Please explore her website, there is so much more to discover. http://home.bway.net/durga/