About Tamu

Artist Statement

Hybrid forms provide useful metaphors with which to explore the dazzling complexity and exquisite order of the world around us.  I like to mix images from various cultures, blend human and animal shapes, bring different media together, and draw on both painterly and sculptural vocabulary.  I use the resulting textures, colors and shapes to respond to elements and events that I find both scientifically fascinating and emotionally moving.  This often produces artwork that is sometimes difficult to define and that appears ready to climb off its base or slide into other dimensions.

Artist Bio

I was born in New York City in 1960 but grew up in various towns near Boston.  My father, a Holocaust survivor, was a psychoanalyst who also painted and sculpted abstracted works.  My mother is Haitian and paints large figures or fanciful birds in the colorful, naïve style of the Caribbean.

Originally my professional interests were in the sciences.  I attended Wellesley College (’82 BA in Astronomy) and Clark University (’90 BS in Computer Science), before deciding to become a professional artist, and attending The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (’08 MFA in Visual Arts).

I currently work in Boston and in Natick Massachusetts.  While I continue to paint in acrylics or oils on canvas or paper, and also produce original digital prints, my most recent works are primarily of clay, wood, marble, or mixed media sculpture that blend forms inspired by any number of things from the laws of physics to mythical creatures.

Artist Resume

Selected Exhibitions and Installations

Ongoing

  • Showing at Baldwin Hill Art and Framing, Natick, MA
  • Showing at 126 Post Salon Spa, Worcester, MA

2008

  • “Shoe Project” Event, Morse Library, Natick, MA
  • “Shopping Bag Project” Event, Natick Collection, Natick, MA
  • Natick Art Walk, Natick, MA
  • Tamu Graduation Art Event, Baldwin Hill Art and Framing, Natick, MA
  • Graduate Show at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley Univeristy, Boston, MA
  • “Traveling Chair Project” Event, Natick Collection, Natick, MA
  • Arisia 2008 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA

2007 – 2008

  • Crazy Jayne’s Ice Cream Shop, Natick, MA

2007

  • Natick Artists Open Studio Event, Natick, MA
  • NAOS Preview at The Center for the Arts In Natick, Natick, MA
  • NAOS Preview at Gallery 55, Natick, MA
  • “Chair Project” Event at Morse Library, Natick, MA
  • Natick Art Walk, Natick, MA
  • Spring Sales Event, Natick, MA
  • Arisia 2007 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA

2006

  • Gallery 55, Solo Show, Natick, MA
  • Natick Artists Open Studio Event, Natick, MA
  • Fall Festival Event at The Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
  • NAOS Preview at Gallery 55, Natick, MA
  • Boskone 43 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA
  • Arisia 2006 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA

2005

  • Fort Point Holiday Sale, Boston, MA
  • Fort Point Open Studios Event, Boston, MA
  • Fort Point Artist Community Gallery, Boston, MA
  • Wellfleet Arts and Crafts Fair, Wellfleet, MA
  • Gaylaxicon 2005 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA
  • Lunacon 2005 SF Convention Art Show, E. Rutherford, NJ
  • Boskone 42 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA
  • Arisia 2005 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA
Awards

2007 Judges’ Award for Body of Work, Arisia 2007 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA

2006 Judges’ Award for Body of Work, Arisia 2006 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA

2005 Juried Show Selection, Boskone 42 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA for “The Lovers”

2004 Artist Guest of Honor’s Choice, Arisia 2004 SF Convention Art Show, Boston, MA for “Seated Vase II”

2000 Judges’ Award, Boskone 37 SF Convention Art Show, Framingham, MA for “Veiled Caves”

Bibliography

2008 Readercon 19 Literary Convention, Souvenir Program Cover, Burlington, MA, July, for “Observatory Domes”

2007 Readercon 18 Literary Convention, Souvenir Program Cover, Burlington, MA, July, for “Lensing the Solar Wind”

2002 Leon Nigrosh, “Variations on the Masters at the Fletcher/Priest Gallery,” Worcester Telegram, November, for “Veiled Caves”

Related Experience

2006 – Present             Member, Natick Artists Open Studio, Natick, MA

2006                            Juror, Gloucester Art Show, Gloucester, MA

2005 – 2006                 Member, Fort Point Artist Community, Boston, MA

2002 – 2003                 Member, Highland Artist Group, Worcester, MA

2001 – 2002                 Chairperson, Worcester Windows: A Community Gallery Program,

Worcester, MA

Education

2006 – 2008                 MFA in Visual Arts, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University,

Cambridge, MA

2003                            “Intermediate Wheel Throwing” with Wayne Fuerst, Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston, MA

“Pottery and Wheel Throwing” with Stephen Murphy, Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston, MA

2000                            “Fantasy Drawing” with Gary Lippincott, Worcester Art Museum,  Worcester, MA

1999                            “Critique” with Susan Swinand, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1997                            “Sculpture” with Michelle Lougee, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1996 – 2002                 “Advanced Drawing/Painting Workshop” with Elizabeth Ahern, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1994, 1997, 1999        “Abstract Painting” and “Critique” with Susan Swinand, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1993 – 2002                 “Marble Carving” and “Sculpture” with Tom Kellner, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

1990                            “Two Dimensional Design” with Michael Hachey, Clark University, Worcester, MA