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Visual Artist Tarah Singh.
Visual Artist Tarah Singh.

Tarah Singh is a visual artist based out of Asheville, North Carolina, and will be making a stop in West Columbia for her part in First Fridays at Frame of Mind art gallery. We got a chance to speak to her about her work.

Q: For the people who don’t know you, tell us about yourself.

A: I’m a visual artist who has worked with Youth Artist Empowered, LEAF (music festival) and have my work shown in various galleries in the North Carolina area. I also exhibited with Harlem Fine Arts last year.

Q: How long have you been painting?

A: I’ve been a professional artist for 15-plus years.

Q: Tell us about your influences in your work.

A: My work is a conscious integration of feminine experience, rhythms and culture. I strive to create an amalgam of experiences and dreams, providing a visual dichotomy between the raw emotions of women and reality with compassion towards humanity. I don’t want to make pretty pictures, but instead to have the viewer get a glimpse through her eyes as she documents the world around me … to capture the raw emotions,

Q: What’s next for you?

A: What’s next? That’s a good question. I am working on a performance art piece for tomorrow called “#not for sale,” where we discuss Africans who were captured and sold as slaves but who were also artists, doctors and important people in their communities, not uncultured savages. Maybe I can try to find a larger way to expand this project in the future! I’m also working on two new bodies of work, one using ALNUGE code, which is like a modern-day hieroglyphic. The other will have mirrors and discuss dignity in humanity. Additionally, I want to work on becoming more of a social media influence and promote ethnic businesses in the region. And, of course, I’m excited about my exhibit at Frame of Mind in West Columbia, SC. This is my first time presenting work in the area.

Preach Jacobs, special to GoColumbia

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