Tarra Hall

Connections can be vague and abstract; overlooked in the rush of every day bias. I think of my work as an intersection between the viewers and information they may not consider in their everyday life, a formation of connections. I am fascinated with forming visual interpretations to the concepts I study in chemistry. The seemingly spontaneous patterns, colors, and behaviors driven by principle theories and complex concepts are the foundation of my inspiration. This inspiration leads to extensive research into a concept for my work; it builds off notes, sketches and endless tabs and books of information. From the chemistry behind dyes and pigments, to the reactions of cooking food, to simply representing an element from the periodic table; figuring out ways to communicate this information through the color and texture of paint and pencil has been a wondrous challenge. In the end, the result is the same: to capture the beauty in the fundamental, to take formalized concepts and abstract them with the artistic lens, to connect two fields I find absolutely captivating, is what drives my passion.

Citrus Aroma: Limonene
colored pencil on bristol paper, 10 x 13 inches

Transition Metal: Iron (Fe)
mixed media on wood, 8 x 8 inches

Natural Dye: Indigo
oil on wood, 11 x 14 inches