Sally Taylor – That Head, That Head
Exhibition at Rabley Drawing Centre
26 September – 29 October
Open Thursday and Friday 10 – 5 Saturday 11 – 3 and by appointment
Sally Taylor – Confused Head 22
Sally Taylor – Blue Head 12
Sally Taylor, Blue Head 4
Sally Taylor – Head Shapes 1
Sally Taylor – Little Confused Head 47
Sally Taylor studied Fine Art BA and MA in Studio Practice at Lancaster University. She is an artist, lecturer and curator. She has exhibited across the UK and has been nominated for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize on four occasions, in 2014 winning a ‘Highly Commended’.
Sally Taylor at Drawing Projects UK
Taylor was recently awarded Grants for the Arts funding to work with leading practitioners/curators in contemporary drawing at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Formed in 2009 by Professor Anita Taylor, Drawing Projects UK promotes development and research initiatives in drawing, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the new centre opened at Bridge House in Trowbridge in 2015. http://drawingprojects.uk/
Taylor’s work explores human and social interactions through drawing and mark making.
‘My drawings affirm a desire to understand more about human relationships, specifically my own interaction with others’ and that ‘Through mark-making, I record and map social interaction as intimate / public dialogues are played out on the paper or canvas in an attempt to challenge the validity of language in articulating aspects of human experience.’
Taylor is also a Lecturer at York St John University and lives and works in North Yorkshire.
Headstrong, Sally Taylor, 2015
The drawings of British artist Sally Taylor are populated by Confused Heads and open, yet silent mouths. These motifs press on the picture plane again and again emerging from as many as two hundred drawings a day; calling to one another, always becoming, never resolved. From the grease stained pages of found paper, thought triangles jostle each other failing to reach consensus (Confused Head 10). A state of internal variance is thus revealed by the image, but it is an enunciation that captures the censorship performed by the head’s black tape line. Does this thick black casing preserve the subject against the judgements of the merciless world or is it the other way around? These contradictory material operations signal the continued play of muteness and articulacy that characterises Taylor’s work. Since its earliest beginnings Taylor’s practice has rejected the ‘clever’ conceptualism and push towards representation that sanitised art of its materials. Rather she wilfully embraces the wrong materials; scraps of soiled paper or the inner sleeves of books salvaged from charity shops, POSCA pens, wall chart stickers and insulation tape. The vocabulary of line and surface that these materials facilitate resists not only the autonomy and polish of ‘high art’ but also the language that has characterised the production and reception of art since the critical and cultural turn. Taylor’s unruly figures thus work her environment; historically they have been a performative index of the class-born fear of saying the ‘wrong thing’ or perhaps even worse, saying nothing at all. More recently, however, these concerns have been supplemented by a feminist politics that refuses to disavow the impact of motherhood on her working practices. Studio days may be ring-fenced out of necessity, but the day-to-day handling of materials in the company of children has inevitably informed this artist’s practice.
Vanessa Corby 2015
Vanessa Corby is Senior Lecturer in the Theory, History and Practice of Fine Art at York St John University. She lives in Leeds with her partner and young son.
That Head, That Head runs from 26 September to 29 October at Rabley Contemporary Gallery alongside the exhibition Conversations – Monoprints by Stephen Snoddy.
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