David Tarullo

Using a wide variety of materials ranging from ceramic, metals, and plastics to locally-sourced reeds, seeds, branches, and mud, Dave Tarullo creates dynamic sculptures and installations that call for social change.
About David Tarullo

David Tarullo creates public art and installations, as well as functional ceramic ware for the table and home. Tarullo studied wood-fired ceramics at Northern Arizona University, received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and his MFA from the University of Montana. He is a recipient of the Rudy Autio Award and is a former Professor of Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design. He is a Co-Director of the Border Arts Corridor, a non-profit organization that facilitates the creation of public art along the Mexican-American border, and an Artist at Work Fellow. Publications include: State of the Art: Installation, Site Specific Art #2, and Cast. His work is in the permanent collection at the American Museum of Ceramic Art and the Montana Museum of Arts and Culture.

Cuenca Los Ojos

Cuenco Los Ojos is the first in a series of three living sculptures centered on watershed restoration. Each project in the series highlights the people, processes, and importance of rehabilitating the land and recharging the aquifers that allow us to live in the Sonoran desert. These sculptures are a collaboration with The Borderlands Restoration Network and Cuenca Los Ojos, and funded by the Mellon Foundation.

They / Them

They/Them is a 24’ sculpture made of 108 enlarged translucent porcelain laptop keys supported by a cobalt blue steel structure. It is a call for allyship with people who identify as non-binary and critiques the slow pace of social change in a high-speed digital era.

Tide To Cycles
Tide to Cycles is a full immersion installation piece that incorporates one-hundred and fifty wireframe boxes wrapped in plastic, with a six-minute soundscape timed to a shifting, colored light sequence. The piece is a representation and conjuring of the emotional cycles that transform our self-perception and inform how we are perceived by others. It encourages the viewer to reflect upon their own mental health and to consider the problem of mental health within their communities. 

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