In this exhibition, Taylor’s sixth solo show with the gallery, we are once again immersed into her world of observation, interpretation and wonderment. Hallmarks of her work remain, an obsession with the liminal transition of earth to sky, placement of self as a central theme and sweeping vistas imagined from real experience. But there is something much deeper happening within this body of work.
We have all been living day to day over the last year or so. The immediate past being overtaken with a desire for future. A future promising a return to the savouring of former trivialities, trivialities that now seem luxurious. It can be felt in these works. An accomplished blending of drama tinged with that hopeful crack of light that helps guide us to certainty. The tonal and textural decisions made in each painting, perhaps quite unconsciously, map out emotional meanderings, from brooding to enlightenment, from darkness to illumination. I would go so far as to say that this body of work is far less about painting landscapes as it is about painting a summary of human sensibilities.
A humble and reflective person, Taylor gives us work that feels effortless, honest and memorable. A statement that will serve as a major marker in her career and a permanent and beautifully appropriate record for the time in which these works were born. A true artist’s eye sees what most of us can only feel and this tremendous collection of paintings embodies that sentiment in totality.