Tara Kopp


My recent oil paintings depict daily urban life. I create architectural models with miniatures--dolls, furniture, and other objects I collect --which become scenes for the work. The doll-like characters are surrogates for the average urban dweller. Taking place in a modern apartment, the paintings provide a glimpse of daily choices from reading a newspaper to preparing a meal. I am interested in how the miniature objects recreate and mimic our lives; they are able to reveal an eerie sense of loneliness.
Each painting is a page from a personal and intimate diary filled with mundane moments, silences, and uneasy encounters. Each prop tells a story, while the stark and fragmented structures build a tension among the characters.