Joanne Tarlin paints atmospheric, abstract, and Romantic fictional landscapes, some of which are narrative and allegorical. The natural environment, most recently around her new home in mid-coast Maine, is her font for visual stimulation. Her inspiration is personal, political, and philosophical.
Tarlin’s reflections on her relationship with her father Bertram and his legacy, posthumously revealed writings influence multiple themes in her work: transcendence of time and space, the afterlife, and passion. Difficult societal situations are also sources for subjects: the migrant and refugee crisis, featured in her 2016 duo exhibit Left Behind; the Covid-19 pandemic and the public discourse about challenging science is the topic of two visual art books that are part of Droplets, a HallSpace Gallery project; and activism, the idea of finding a focus and taking action in a fluid world.
Tarlin studied visual communications at The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, in Los Angeles, from which she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, in Boston. She is represented by Array Contemporary.