Tara Locklear

Tara Locklear

“The conversation of object-oriented ideals and perceived preciousness is the foundation of my work. My style is a derivative of iconic, mid century costume jewelry, and lowbrow cultural phenomena. I am drawn to sustainable, industrial components, reclaimed objects, and materials that require multiple processes. The research, exploration, and formation of these materials are at the very core of my practice. Interpretation, evolution, and the re-invention of adornment are critical concepts to my creations. Collectively, costume jewelry is redefined through my contemporary vernacular.”


Inspired by urban environments, Tara’s designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialog of jewelry.


Tara Locklear received her BFA from East Carolina University. Her work is in several private collections including the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin. She has been published and exhibited across the United States and Canada. Tara is a recent 2014 Society for Contemporary Craft Lydon Emerging Artist Program Finalist.

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