Rosemary Taylor – Energy, Emotion, and Power in Painting

RosemaryTaylor1By Caitlyn Shea

Rosemary Taylor produces powerfully evocative large-scale paintings. Her bold mark-making and gestural lines portray a strong sense of chaos and struggle, which she juxtaposes with vibrant color palettes. She produces paintings on canvas, paper, and walls that are emotionally charged and deeply engaging for viewers. The work cannot be digested quickly and one can spend a long time looking at her work and making new, haunting discoveries.

Incorporating figurative, landscape, and text elements alongside pure abstraction, Taylor’s paintings are wrought with narratives and symbols that explore the human condition. She explains: “I draw from my own personal and family history to make work that transcends the personal and evokes the universal. We all have personal experiences and relationships to these things. People’s experiences with violence, loss, healing, and recovery are different yet there is commonalities.”RosemaryTaylor2

Aside from the extremely visceral content of her paintings, Taylor is also expressive in her choice of materials. Every painting and installation has a strong sense of action and revision built into it. Her response to the work while it is in progress plays a significant role in achieving the finished result. Taylor describes her approach: “I incorporate many materials into my work such as spray paint; oil paint, acrylic, graphite, charcoal and, ink, and I often collage materials into the work as well. The work is raw and I often respond to the way the materials are working together. TRosemaryTaylor4he paintings go through many changes. The works go through a process of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction.”

Inside her studio, Taylor works on many paintings simultaneously. She says that she surrounds herself with “anything from paintings from other artists, poems, lyrics, photos from magazines, or photos I have taken myself.” Currently, she is creating brand new mixed media works on paper for  SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event.

Come view Taylor’s new work at SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event August 9th at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue from 6-10PM. There will an abundance of art to see, live acoustic music and craft beer and food courtesy of Saint James Brewery and Mia’s River Avenue Deli! RSVP here via Facebook.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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