Tara Smith, 34, is a performance artist under the moniker A Silent Soapbox. As an admirer of living statues, she decided to delve into the art form herself in October of 2004 as part of The Dresden Dolls’ “brigade” of fans who performed at the band’s concerts.
Instantly feeling as though she found her niche, she quickly expanded from concerts to street performance in her hometown of Bridgewater MA to hone her craft. She was drawn to the stoic nature of the art form, the element of surprise when a passerby realizes the statue is actually a person, and exploring ways to connect and communicate with people without using words. Behind the scenes, she loves to write about her experiences as a silent performer, and has been blogging about her art since 2009.
In the summer of 2005, Tara brought her living statue performances to the Waterfire festivals in Providence RI, as well as the downtown area of Plymouth MA. She has become well known for her white living statue, Lily, which has been a regular fixture at the Waterfire festivals since the character’s creation in 2010. Tara has also made several appearances as The Raven at various events celebrating the author Edgar Allan Poe, and occasionally “haunts” Slater Mill in Pawtucket RI to entertain guests during ghost tours.
While the classic statues are a constant favorite, she loves experimenting with new characters and looks forward to expanding her repertoire further in 2019.
In addition to performance art, Tara enjoys photography as an artistic outlet. She is also an avid equestrienne and works with polo ponies.