Jacqueline Tarry is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn NY. She received a BA in Philosophy from State University College at Buffalo, and participated the Whitney ISP program in 2003. Her work is a visual and sonic confrontation of the dominant narratives that exist in American culture. She is interested in the myriad ways our idea of the “historic” resonate throughout and in fact, actively inform our contemporary lived experience. She has also worked collaboratively as McCallum & Tarry and has received grants from NYFA (2008 & 2012), National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her work has been shown at Prospect1 Biennial, 11th Havana Biennial, Site Santa Fe, Tokyo Wonder Site, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Artist Statement

The primary focus of my work has been a visual and sonic confrontation to the dominant narratives that exist in American culture. Embedded within this, whether it is of an historical, personal, or civic-based nature, is an intent to address the complicated and layered issues of gender, race and power within our contemporary culture.  

This exploration uncovers the institutions and cultural ideas that dictate who is granted influence, visibility and value and which individuals are rendered shadowed, marginalized and ultimately absent. 

My practice has explored these themes through the use of large-scale installations, public projects, painting, photography, video and sound.