Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith

Paris, Ile-de-France, France

About Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith is a visual artist based in Paris France (currently in residence at Le 6b in Saint-Denis), whose multi-disciplinary, research-based practice incorporates a mix of printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, and installation. Taylor has participated in several group and solo exhibitions, notably in Paris, Berlin and Boston.

STATEMENT: Through an interplay of research and creative practice, her work begins with the close observation of natural phenomena, as an attempt to decrypt the many morphogenetic and geomorphological processes that interplay across the surfaces of our terrestrial environment, and better understand our anthropocentric relationship to them. After collecting natural objects and photographs of a variety of natural environments on macroscopic, microscopic and aerial scales, as testimonies to these generative processes, she then analyzes them and groups them according to subjective criteria. Finally, through a selection and superposition of images and objects (organic, synthetic, and recycled), Taylor attempts to imitate and interfere with these natural processes, finally combining them into both two and three-dimensional compositions based on their complementarity, rather than similarity. She thereby investigates the perpetual conflict between nature and cultural production, this insatiable desire of humans to “perfect” their environment. The concept of naturaficiality coined by the British artist Roy Ascott, and the conception of landscape in Japan (thanks to a research study in 2017), are at the heart of her technical and theoretical experimentations. In order to delve deeper into these diverse experiences of the landscape through visual observations made while traveling, Taylor has acquired more specific knowledge through collaborations with scientists (geologists, biologists, botanists, landscape designers and environmental photographers). She employs many perpetually evolving techniques in order to juxtapose, fuse, then transform the fixed images that capture these morphogenetic processes (including microscopic and aerial views of landscapes being destroyed by humans: rivers filled with industrial waste, water and petroleum bubbles bursting, etc.). Sculpting with mycelium, tree stumps, resin and found materials in addition to painting, collage and alternative photographic processes such as the cyanotype, anthotype (a photogram made from a photographic emulsion produced solely from crushed flower petals) and the chlorophyll print, in addition to printmaking techniques (primarily photogravure, offset lithography and monotype) allow her to juxtapose, fuse, then find the balance between natural and synthetic fragments from our world, that collide and combine perpetually beneath our eyes.

Education

M.A. Art Education, Ecole du Louvre, Paris, France
B.F.A. Painting, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
B.A. Art History, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA

Exhibitions

CURRENT/UPCOMING:
"Sources", residency and collective exhibition, Les Halles du Faubourg, Lyon, France, exhibition: June 19- July 26, 2020

"Végétal", in-situ sculpture exhibition and commission for the annual Fête des plantes, Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette, France, June 6- September 25, 2020

Residency at the Kulttuuri Kauppila Art Centre, Ii, Finland, November 2020

PAST:

"Edge: Blurring the Boundaries Between Art and Neuroscience", Charité Crossover (CCO) and Heizkraftwerk Steglitz, Berlin, July, 2019: www.edge-neuro.art/2019-exhibition

"Artists Need to Create at the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy", Venice Biennale, exhibition and performance with Rikrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, organized by the Brooklyn Rail

"Constellation(s)", Le 6b, Saint-Denis, France, May 2019

"Faut-il des femmes dans l’art ?" (Must there be women in art?), inauguration of the association Caractères, Galerie Au Médicis, Paris, Februrary 20, 2019 : www.caracteres.net

"How to Capture Flow", Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France, January, 2019 (solo)

"Symbiosis", Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris, France, March 8- 31 2018 (solo)

"Végétal / Cérébral : du vivant à l'objet", Colegio de España, Paris, France, February 8- 28, 2018 (solo)

"Squaring the Circle: Harriet Hale Woolley, Past & Present", Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France, June 7- July 31 2018 (www.feusa.org/squaring-the-circle)

"Processus", Le Nucléus, Ivry-sur-seine, France, April 2017

"Atlas Flow", residency and mural project, Asociación Atlas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, July 2016

"Emmène-moi ailleurs", Black Trombone, Paris, France, June 2016 (organized by the Association ParticipAction)

4th National Monotype and Monoprint Exhibition, Monotype Guild of New England, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts, April 6- May 7, 2016

"À propos des bulles", Vinissime gallery, Paris, March 22- April 9, 2016 (solo)

"Demonstration Drawings", exhibition and workshop with Rirkrit Tirivanija, Musée du Louvre, Paris, October - November, 2015

"Off the Wall: A small works show", The Umbrella Arts Gallery, Boston, MA, November 23, 2015 - January 8, 2016

"The Color of Thin Air", Sculpture Fix, Online Exhibition at www.sculpturefix.com, June 1 - July 15, 2015

COLLECTIONS
Private collections in Paris, Tokyo, London, Boston, New York and Rochester, NY
Asociación Atlas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
FUEL Education, Boston, MA
Boston University School of Visual Arts