Tara Deacon’s artworks embrace a naive gaze

Tara Deacon is a local illustrator and designer based in Berlin and often dreams of the South African Bushveld. Her ink, gouache and watercolour illustrations embrace a simplicity and earnestness through their subject matter, solid planes of colour and painterly brush marks. This collection of work, It’s in my Naive Nature, was made between the period of June and September and explores overlooked scenes from daily life. 

“It’s in my Naive Nature is the visual journey and story of the naivety I often feel and experience. I wanted to explore and investigate this naivety and innocence I often regarded as problematic and shameful, and embrace it in a body of work that allowed this to flourish in what I regard as truly being part of my nature. Everyday scenes, feelings and observations that I would have previously overlooked and suppressed, slowly found their way into my paintings and illustrations. Staying true to my simple, scattered and childlike nature that I now proudly embrace, my work focuses on nature, people, color and other found objects and treasures,” she says. 

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  1. Well done girl. You are making all South Africans very proud.