Artist Tara Galuska

When Tara Galuska was five she wanted to be either an artist or a unicorn when she grew up. Now that she is an adult she is an artist who uses paper to create intricate miniature paper plant artworks that explore interior spaces and the lives lived within them. Born in Zimbabwe in 1984, Tara spent her early childhood in Zambia, grew up in Australia and has lived in Canada since 2011. Tara attended the Design Centre Enmore where she studied illustration and design until graduation in 2009.

What kind of woman names her plants? The sort whose apartment in New Westminster, Canada is slowly being filled with them —including Bort, Judith and Maeby. Tara’s house plant collecting habit started when she moved from Australia to Canada and she wanted to feel grounded in her home after being transplanted in a new country. In her work Tara is not so much interested in the lives of plants themselves but rather exploring the lives of people with plants. 

Tara loves being an artist but would still like to be a unicorn when she grows up!


I get lots of great questions and I thought it would be great to collect some of the more popular ones here to share. 

How long did it take you to make that?

Forever! Actually, it varies. It usually takes me months to come up with the concept and story behind each individual art work. Then the time it takes to make the physical artwork can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to be completed. 

What is your process?

I start with a very specific visual idea of what I want to create in my mind, then I break down the layout into parts. I work step by step, being very precise with each cut and element of the composition. I consider the work to be most successful when the labour of craft is only discovered after the viewer identifies with the object.

What is in your toolbox?

What kind of scissors do you use? My favourite scissors are a pair of manicure scissors! They are tiny and have a nice curve to them. I also use a number of other types of scissors and blades too. 

What kind of glue do you use? I use Lineco Neutral PH Adhesive. It's great and was formulated specifically for preservation materials and will not become brittle with age. 

What kind of paper do you use? I use a variety of different papers from all sorts of sources and no, I don't paint it. 

I want to add one of your pieces to my art collection. How do I do that?

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What’s coming up next?

I've got some big plans for my tiny plants! It’s not so much the lives of plants that fascinate me, it’s the lives of people with plants. This is what I am exploring in my new body of work. If you'd like to see what upcoming events and exhibitions are happening please click here!

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