An ongoing series, ‘Tar’ explores the use of this oily, messy, toxic substance as it is applied to wax to construct aesthetic images of the human form. In this series, tar represents our global reliance on crude oil as a source of energy despite its destructive effects on our environment and human lives. By using a medium that is considered unappealing and even dangerous, I can then transform it into an aesthetically pleasing object. In doing this, I attempt to focus on the polarity and conflict that exists between these two objects. In all the beauty of human life we find the ugliness of self-destruction.