My name is Tara Halsted, and I am a MFA graduate student studying design at UC Davis. For my thesis, I am designing training swimwear that helps control body position and posture in order to address risk factors for injuries. I am a competitive swimmer currently swimming for the Davis Aquadarts swim team.
I grew up in Davis, California, and I have been swimming since age five. As an undergraduate at Stanford, I majored in Art Practice and swam on the Stanford Women's swim team. I love incorporating themes of swimming into my art and design projects. In the past, I have done a variety of water-themed art projects, including dying swimming-inspired textiles, painting sea animal designs on shirts, and drawing pictures of my teammates.
I love making things, but in my free time, I enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and reading Calvin and Hobbes.
ARTIST STATEMENT (6/2017, B.A. Art Practice, Stanford):
Due to its physical nature, water has the ability to reflect its surroundings through distortions. Through my art, I reflect my environment through the lens of my perspective. Reflective surfaces such as water question the representation of spaces by blending the surface reflection with the environment below. I aim to depict the feeling of existing in an underwater environment, submerged in an underwater world. I use drawing as a camera, to record details of my surroundings and give permanence to a moment by immortalizing an image. Starting with photography, I translate images into drawings and paintings by manipulating them and inserting my point-of-view. Toying with the idea of truthfulness of memory, I manipulate personal photographs. I focus on the notion of reflection, whether through reconsidering a memory or through questioning a depiction of space on a reflective surface.