Elizabeth Tarrant

Plant a tiny seed, the seed of an idea. Paint a little tree and watch it grow from just itself to a small woodland. Observe as they evolve into a forest, a forest of vibrant colour. Construct them out of wire or wool and incorporate fur and paper clips. Visit them daily to let them speak to you. This is Elizabeth Tarrant’s whimsical forest of our times.

Life of Trees: a forest for the anthropocene is an ambitious project with more than 280 panels (and growing). Tarrant uses it as a vehicle to explore and extend the creative possibilities of the single motif. In addition, it draws attention to the beautiful potential of using recycled materials in ways that are humorous and thought provoking. Layered throughout the iterations of the tree are many references to art history and to the condition of being human, as well as a sharp reminder that we face a world where life is choking under waste.

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Exhibitions at Tacit Art include

2019 Life of Trees

Exhibition history
2022 A Way of Seeing, Tacit Art, Melbourne
2019 Life of Trees, Tacit Art, Melbourne
Unseen, Wall Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Tigerlily, Ho Gallery, Melbourne

2022 TACIT Still Life Prize, Tacit Art, Melbourne
SUBSTRATE, Tacit Art, Melbourne
2020 20[2020], Tacit Art, Melbourne

2018 Hiraeth, Tacit Art, Melbourne
The Exquisite Palette, St Luke, Melbourne
Life Abstracted, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Tarrant & Inglese, Yering Station, Yarra Glen
2007 Julie de Lorenzo, Naomi Eller, Elizabeth Tarrant, Jackman Gallery, Melbourne
Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne
2006 Christmas Show, Wall Gallery, Melbourne
Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne
Out of the Box, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Femme 06, Circus Gallery, Melbourne
2005 Christmas Show, Wall Gallery, Melbourne
Tattersalls Contemporary Art Prize, Williamstown Festival
Postcard Show, New Linden Art, Melbourne
2000 The Silk Cut Award, Melbourne
Works on Paper, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong