Plants & Animals
March 12 - May 1, 2014
A solo exhibition by Erica Taylor
Meet the Artist at our vernissage, Saturday March 15th 1 - 4pm. Exhibition runs from March 12 - April 27th, 2014.
Gallery hours 12 - 5, Thursday to Sunday.
Williamstown artist Erica Taylor will be showing her recent work at the Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill this month, in a solo show entitled 'Plants and Animals'.
Taylor, a sign painter and graphic designer, has been a professional artist since 2008, and has been included in juried exhibitions in SDG, Prestcott-Russell, Ottawa, and the U.S. She was a recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, and has work in private collections in Ontario, Quebec and Australia.
Taylor works in a wide variety of media. The sculpture she creates generally integrates found objects. "Some pieces of junk aren't ready to be junk," she says. "There's often still some beauty there, or a message - something poignant, like they still have something to say." A found object's form, patina, or previous use will inspire the ideas for finished pieces.
Conversely, in her two-dimensional work, the idea comes first and then a medium is chosen. "I love crafting art out of unexpected materials, combining things, and using skills and materials from other trades," she says.
For example, a series of 'vinyl paintings' of horses which will be shown in 'Plants and Animals' was created from signmakers' vinyl remnants and plexiglass. A sprouting sculpture was made from a concrete cast-off found in a construction site dumpster. An earthy painting is punched up with an ethereal 23kt gilded sky. Another jungle-like painting has a little sculpture made with a discarded circuitboard stuck to its focal point like a contradiction. A realistic painted cat, appearing like a huge sticker on a white page, stares into your soul.
This show, true to its title, is about plants and animals. There are horses, trees, cats, fungi, sprouting plants, jungles, cows, and hens. And there are also other messages, reminding the viewer about the relationships between all living things, most notably the one between nature and ourselves.