Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition: Tara Booth

Columbus Museum of Art

On View 9.5.20–8.29.21

Tara Booth is this year’s recipient of the Columbus Comics Residency. This is the ninth year of the program, which is a collaboration between CMA and CCAD.

Columbus Museum of Art’s exhibition of Tara’s work will be on view in the Open Gallery of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity. Tara Booth’s painted comics have gained a widespread and loyal audience for their painterly design, honest humor, and emotional vulnerability. The exhibition includes original paintings by Tara, enlarged reproductions of her work, and clothing printed with patterns she designed. In an interview with Tara said, “A lot of my work is about living with chronic anxiety and depression. Taking the parts of my life that leave me feeling hopeless or out of control, and being able to turn them into something sort of silly through painting helps to transform some of my negative emotions. It’s also super validating and therapeutic to see how many people deal with the same issues and have similar experiences. The more that people can laugh and relate to my work, the more compelled I am to make it.”

Tara will participate in the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) festival, which takes place online this year from October 1 through 4. Tara is a Special Guest at the festival, and she will be interviewed by Jared Gardner (Pop Culture Studies at OSU) in an online public program.

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