Tara Booth is a multidimensional artist that is rooted in ceramics. Her work is a manifestation of digestion through the female body, both physically and mentally. Booth is originally from Michigan and has lived in many areas of the country. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries such as A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany; Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA; MenLo Gallery, Jingdezhen, China and The Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, NY. Booth lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri and can be followed on Instagram @taraboothstudio
Describe your creative process. How often are you creating and where is your studio?
I have a studio at Kansas City Artist Coalition in Midtown, KCMO. I teach full time during the school year, so I am mostly in my studio on weekends and breaks from school. My creative process is a mix of reading, writing, thinking, researching and hand-building intuitively.
What’s the most challenging thing about your creative process?
Clay is a very finicky material. The timing has to be perfect for a piece to turn out correctly. Numerous factors can cause a piece to break or crack and I have to let go of a lot of control throughout the entire ceramic process.
Who do you consider your main artistic influences?
Ana Mendieta, Sarah Lucas, Diana al-Hadid, Lousie Bourgeois, Ernesto Neto, Eva Hesse, Hannah Wilke
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
My most important tool changes depending on what material I'm using. There are tools to help with every process that are invaluable.
Gulp by Mary Roach
Touch by David Linden
Hunger by Roxane Gay
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Pink Glass Swan by Lucy Lippard