2013 by Lisa Eurgain Taylor
2013 Wimbledon College of Art BA Degree Show
Taylor’s artwork at Wimbledon was happily not alone in showing students being swept up in the magnitude and possibilities of paint. Unlike so many degree shows, where paint is clearly passé, Wimbledon students play, pull and pontificate paint, showing that medium needn’t be complicated to be inspiring and original. Jasmine Leonard, with sun filled images filtering light through a nostalgic pastel haze; Olivia Moullaali, darkly coloured painting with abstracting and perspective playing daubs; and Sarah Bold were among the other gems. Taylor’s work explores the belief that when we die we become part of the mountainous landscape, as told by Welsh bards. With the wonderfully poetic line “Forever in child, her thighs embrace the mist, her breasts caress the presumptuous clouds.” (from One Moonlit Light, Caradog Prichard) Taylor takes the shapes and lines of the human form to grow her wild and magical mountains. Building these bewitching landscapes from the abstracted beauty of the figure, Taylor’s paintings softly explore the visualisation of the age-old idea of ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Layers of paint, mottled and solid, create the mountains, with the imprint of figures pressed upon them in delicate lino-print. The repetitive and pattern-like way of introducing the human form into the landscape gives these awesome structures a rolling movement, a depth as they grow and shift, form covering them as wildflowers blanket a mountainside. Light, and the soft breath of mythology, then sweeps over these ranges, in the mist of a hazily painted sky.