Tara Kopp’s paintings evoke idealized versions of various social institutions, which are inspired and painted from still-lifes of miniature objects and her imagination. The miniatures come with a set of social rules and regulations. They represent the way things are supposed to be; they model the American dream. This dream contrasts with the literal reality of the mundane tasks and emotions embodied by the subjects of her work. The paintings become glimpses of a scene or fragments of a narrative. Similar to a memory, they are fictional constructions of specific moments.
Kopp received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Her Midwest roots influence her current work, where issues of idealized domestic settings are depicted in what “could take place in any suburban town, USA.” Her work has been exhibited across the country at Ice cube Gallery in Denver, CO, the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT, and at the 440 Gallery and Friday Studio Gallery in Brooklyn, NY to name a few. She currently works in her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.