12 x 12
Tara Merkt is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Merkt works predominately in scratchboard art; a 2-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white). She is currently an active member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists. Merkt trained at the University of Minnesota (Studio Arts BA - 2000) and the University of Wisconsin (Masters of Art Therapy - 2003). She was recently included in the 10th addition of Strokes Genius, the Best of Drawing - Inspired Subjects.
I am drawn to the mystery that involves working in scratchboard. You start your artistic process with a completely black board, slowly you scratch away the black to reveal your subject. Viewing that vast amount of black can be very intimidating, but the challenge speaks to me. Revealing the light, versus creating the dark, has a certain life philosophy that resonates with me. Using only small strokes of the blade to create an artwork also brings a sense of intimacy. To truly appreciate this type of artwork you are required to come close and experience the art as the artist does, at an arms length.