Katherine Taylor “ARTic Creatures”

Skoto Gallery

poster for Katherine Taylor “ARTic Creatures”
[Image: Katherine Taylor "Three Puffins" (2019) aluminum, stainless steel and bronze, 30x14x17 in.]

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Skoto Gallery presents ARTic Creatures, a selection of new sculptures and drawings by the American-born artist Katherine Taylor.

The visual imagery that Katherine Taylor (KT) utilizes in her recent sculpture stems from a long evolution of methods, materials and subjects that have precedents in her earlier work in sculpture and drawings. A prolific artist, she has for almost two decades consistently remained true to an artistic vision that is firmly rooted in the fissure between the natural world and the world of the imagination. She attaches great importance to the process of art-making and to the way this process and the logic of her material itself dictates the outcome of her artistic endeavors. The tactility she manages to convey is deeply moving and encourages us to deepen our consciousness of perception.

This show is inspired by KT’s 2018 residency with the Arctic Circle Program in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, which brings together international artists, scientists, architects, and educators to learn and collaborate in the field; her time with Project Puffin, a volunteer effort of the National Audubon Society to restore nesting grounds to the puffins of Maine; and her examination of specimens at the American Museum of Natural History.

KT’s sculpture sparks critical engagement with the public due to her ability to create engaging work that celebrates the intricacies and beauty of the natural world. To the artist, art must engage individuals in a very deep and personal way, and in ways that may not be shared by every member of the society, art also can forge common bonds among various groups and since the creative process is always a collaboration of some kind or another, it strives to create something that matters not only to oneself, but to others as well. Her work emphasizes profound engagement of the object with the viewer in time.

KT is an artist who divides her time between Texas, the Adirondack Mountains, and northern Spain, where her foundry, Alfa Arte, is located. KT’s sculptures start in the outdoors and draw on the materiality of the landscape. She travels up mountains, across water, and into the woods to collect molds of natural textures. She then returns to her studio to piece together the textures she has collected in order to create her zoomorphic creatures. Her work is symbolic of how we interact with nature, fostering an appreciation and respect for its beauty and the wonder it provokes.



from October 24, 2019 to January 10, 2020

Opening Reception on 2019-10-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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