Tara Tucker’s meticulously rendered drawings portray bizarre yet realistic hybrid creatures from a future animal kingdom, free from the fetters of human intervention. Imagining the evolution of various species to survive climactic and environmental changes, Tucker documents the survival of the fittest through cross-species breeding and even imaginative flora-fauna mergers. Often displaying convincingly anthropomorphic emotions, such as anger or fear, the creatures’ zoological accuracy is due to Tucker’s familiarity with animal skeletons acquired in her youth by assisting her mother, a taxidermist at the local Natural History Museum.
Tucker was born in 1970, in Santa Barbara, California. She received her BFA (1992) and her MFA (1994) from CCA (formerly California College of the Arts). Tucker has had solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Honeur Miniscule, New Langton Arts, San Francisco (2003) and XerXes Gallery, Oakland (1994). Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions such as Virus, Lobot Gallery Oakland (2006); Fabulandia: Fauna, The LAB, San Francisco (2006) and Inner Workings, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland (2004).