Originally from Bath, New York, Tara is a sculptor who has made a living as a full time artist in Houston for over ten years. She works with a variety of materials including fiberglass, foam, various metals, plastics and glass.
At 8 feet tall, her most significant work to date, 'Bronze Bunny', is currently on display in New Orleans' historic Lafayette Square, along with the work of artist Louise Bourgeois and Aria Da Capo, as part of Sculpture for New Orleans, a two-year exhibition of outdoor artworks by more than 30 national and international artists.
Her current exhibition is inspired by text from three growing collections: statements she has heard, donated letters and misread signs. The list of phrases itself has almost doubled in the last three years to over 700.
The text statements are presented in moving scrolls, cast bronze sculptures which are hand scripted and wall mounted; embroidered pillowcases, etched limestone, printed highball glasses and door mats to name a few. There are also a number of misread signs recreated in a manner which brings out there unexpected humor.
Conley has shown her work coast to coast, from Seattle to Massachusetts, with major exhibitions in Houston and New York. She has been awarded a contract with the City of Houston and the Houston Art's Alliance to produce large scale sculptures for the new District 17 Fondren Police Station.