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Tamara Staples
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: Side Effects May Include Artist Statement Side Effects May Include is a photography-based installation, a "pill" bedroom that explores the disconnection between mental health challenges and medication; more specifically polypharmacy. This project was inspired when my sister took her life with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals after suffering with bi-polar disorder for many years. Following her death, I collected the contents of her medicine cabinet. The pills in the project belonged to her. I wondered if the medications were responsible for her demise and this concern led me in a photographic exploration that ended with experiential artwork in the mind-set of activism. This was a departure from the 2-dimensional photography of my past work; the subject matter guided the art form in creating this bedroom, the most intimate space of the house, where we retreat for comfort and rejuvenation. Additionally, I inventoried the 114 pills, both pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter, into a printed hard bound book. And lastly, a looped video of undulating water surfaces is included, to remind the viewer of the tenuous flow of our physiological selves.
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  • Side Effects May Include - Instalation View
    2017
    Wallpaper, Quilt, Dress, Curtains, Pillows, Prints
    Small Bedroom
    This is an installation view of the body of work entitled Side Effects May Include

  • Side Effects May Include - Quilt Detail
    2017
    Fabric
    Queen Size
    This is detail of the quilt included in the Installation Side Effects May Include

  • Side Effects May Include - Instalation View
    2017
    Wallpaper, Quilt, Upholstered Chair, Curtains, Pillows, Video
    Small Bedroom
    2nd view of the Installation of Side Effects May Include, which was on view at ICA San Jose from 3/17-6/17

  • Side Effects May Include - Dress Pattern
    2017
    Photographed Pills
    This is a pattern for the dress included in Side Effects May Include.

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Print, Pillows
    Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY, August 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Velvet Curtains
    Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Print
    Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Velvet Curtains, Quilt
    Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Panel Discussion on Polypharmacy Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018

  • Book Of Inventory
    2018
    Book Display of The Book of Inventory, with excerpts Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Lecture on Side Effects May Include along side a one person show of the work FAVA Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio, 2018

  • Side Effects May Include
    2017
    Full Room Installation Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA 2017

  • Side Effects May Include
    2018
    Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2018
 








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