Monday, December 1, 2008

Josephine Taylor

I absolutely love this artist. She does these large scale ink drawings on paper and helioprints that are visually stunning, delicate, stark and luminescent all at the same time. I had seen her speak at SFAI and was waiting for this show, Bomb Landscapes, to open at Catherine Clark Gallery.
This body of work shows a lot of animals that look like wolves or deranged cats that are intertwined with female bodies. They're either devouring or suckling her, or she's devouring them or wearing them as a hat. The starkness of what she does choose to show illustrates the themes behind her portraits. She highlights the figures' eyes, nipples, genitalia and hair. You can feel the struggle within each piece, how each is riddled with symbolism and pain.
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