TAYLOR SMITH

is a visual artist working primarily in mixed-media painting. She received a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University in 2015 and an M.A. in Cultural Mediation from the École du Louvre in Paris, France. She was also funded by the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship as an artist-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis, within the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris (2017-2018). During this residency, she collaborated with several scientists to study the visual affinities between primarily microscopic brain imagery and aerial images of destroyed landscapes in addition to the possibilities of creating a more sustainable form of painting.

HER WORK

Taylor’s work manipulates scale, process and materials to investigate the perpetual conflict between nature and cultural production. She begins every composition with an existing pattern produced by natural processes, such as cyanotypes made by imprints of leaves, wind and rain, paint cracking from erosion, or unrecycled paper crumpled by the wind, that she mixes with bark, dirt and real leaves to create her own form of recycled paper. The next step is to add structure to the “random” patterns produced by nature, and make them more aesthetically pleasing to the human eye. She does this by painting and collaging organic and recycled industrial materials, sculpted canvas and monotype prints into relief patterns across the surface of the canvas. Finally, she often destroys the paintings by cutting them apart, then sews them back together to create new compositions. The result is a set of fantastical landscapes that attempt to reconcile natural, man-made and imaginary forms, addressing humans' insatiable desire to “perfect” their surrounding environment.


PAST EXHIBITIONS

"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)

Symbiosis, Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris, France, March 8- 31 2018 (solo : fr.feusa.org/symbiosis)

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

What Art Can Do...For Social Impact, Maison de Crowdfunding, Paris, France, December, 2017

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

Paysages Intérieurs, Galerie de la Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris, France, January 2017

Atlas Flow 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)

L’interprétation de la forme: de la peinture à travers la danse à la photographie, Galerie de la Fondation des Etats-Unis, Paris, April 6- May 5, 2016

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

Boston University BFA Thesis Exhibition, Boston, MA, May 2015

FUEL Education Student Exhibition, Boston, MA, April 2015

Here and There Boston, Boston, MA, April 2015

ART@Sloane, Sloane House, Boston, MA, April 2013 & 2014


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


PRESS

Artwork for conference publication: Vers une anthropologie critique ? Engagement et recherches at the Université Paris 8, Paris, France, March-April, 2018

Opium Philosophie review, artist-writer collaboration : "Plus de lieux, que des flux" with Niklas Plätzer, 2016 edition Les voies de la ville, Paris, France, Feburary, 2016

Artwork for conference publications: Declaring the State: Constitution and Citizenship, Sciences Po & Tel Aviv University (2017) and Forms of Pluralism and Democratic Constitutionalism, Sciences Po & Columbia University (2016), both held at Sciences Po, Paris, France.

"Bulles de champagne et abstraction : Quand la boisson rencontre la peinture" by Agathe Torres, Je beurre ma tartine blog, Paris, France, March, 2016

Studio portrait and group articles published in Côté Paris, Paris and Monocle magazine, London

AWARDS

Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, grant and residency, Fondation des États-Unis, Paris, France, 2017-2018

Jack Kramer Memorial Award and scholarship for painting, Boston University, 2014-2015

Living Room Host, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013