FinlayTaylor
The Great Grandmother (a rope as long as a wolf) 2017Good Work (a rope as long as a flying fish flight)Out of the BlueInto the BlackMaking Plans Before Heading SouthMaking Plans Before Heading SouthExpecting to FlyThe World is TurningA Master PlanViva La VidaWet WeightTaste BlackTaste GreenVisionShelterEmpty HoleSnail PerchStrap OnNapoleon Acorn UmbrellaRed AdmirablePutrid PlaceSpecial EffectsOccupied TerritoryAttempted ArrangementThe WeightSnail BookEast Dulwich DictionarySnail DrawingSnail Drawing 2010New MoonMotherGolden Oldies (4 inch version)Fuji vs MatterhornPlan- if your thinking it its happening somewhereGlobeViewLight TrapAtlas Moth and LarvaeMatterhorn vs Mt BlancGlobeEconomic EntomologyTrailMala Garbarot spaceDecompositionSacred Patch: landscapist seriesView
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A visceral engagement with the pervasiveness of nature is a concern in Taylor's work across different media, including photography, printmaking, sculpture, artists' books and video. A fascination with the natural world is also conveyed through the artist's use of animals as protagonists in the work. The initial pervasive response is often countered by scientific, environmental and political understandings that shift the works readings.
In his snail drawings, for example, Taylor exposed paper to the elements, allowing the molluscs to eat into the surface and create intricate abstract compositions though this process of nourishment and destruction, emphasising the inevitability of mutability and decay. In an inkjet work 'Special Effects' (2001), the artist controlled the snails in such a way as to make them spell out short texts, in this case the words of the title.
The overwhelming presence and otherness of nature are themes that recur in more recent work. A series of photographs depict butterflies on people's tongues, either feeding on saliva or resting. The images manage to fascinate and repulse the viewer with their startling depiction of an unusual proximity between the human and animal, holding our attention despite the initial shock.