by Cory Godbey
"The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.
In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them.
And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gates should be shut and the keys be lost."
J. R. R. Tolkien. On Fairy-Stories.
If you find yourself in the Seattle area anytime soon you would do well to investigate the most recent Faerie show curated by the wonderful Tara Larsen Chang.
Long time Muddy Colors readers are sure to know Tara from her outstanding TLCWorkshop series featuring world-class instructors such as Virginie Ropars, Greg Manchess, and Omar Rayyan (to name just a few).
This past weekend the Faerie III show opened and you can now view the collection online as well as read Tara's entire curator statement here.
Recently I had the opportunity to ask Tara a few questions about the show and her involvement curating this new exhibition.
|Sprite and Frog. Karla Ortiz.|
Hi Tara! Thanks so much for taking a few minutes to talk with us about the Faerie III show. In addition to your many workshops, illustration projects (and gardening!) what led you to add curator to your resume?
Oh, probably the one I don’t know *how* to paint yet. A lot of my personal art is about self-discovery, and with denizens of the fae, it’s discovering how I can visually depict something that is elemental and archetypal and in some ways unknowable. It’s very gratifying when this enigmatic….thing… can be wrangled onto paper in some tangible form. It’s a muse I can return to again and again and discover more about myself in the process.
|Elder. Cory Godbey.|
The Faerie III show is up through April 4th!