In Tibetan Buddhism, the figure of Tara is revered as a bodhisattva, one who strives toward enlightenment and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings. Tara, like other figures in the Eastern tradition, appears in many aspects, each associated with different beneficial qualities and identified by a different color and ritual implements. There is a White Tara, a Black Tara, a Red Tara, and so on. Tara is depicted in thangkas, religious paintings on cloth, and in mandalas, representations of the universe in balance, often showing figures from the Buddhist pantheon and arranged in symmetric, geometric compositions.
An interest in exploring creative uses for technology and merging it with the ancient, universal form of the mandala led artists and longtime collaborators Max Almy and Teri Yarbrow to create Blue Tara and White Tara, two pieces that combine state-of-the-art nanotechnology and projection in dazzling displays of color and light. The artists have installed Blue Tara at David Richard Gallery for Projected, a group exhibit of digital arts, and have placed White Tara in Currents, at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe.