About the Artist
Established American mixed media artist Carol Taylor gave us an inside look into her unforgettable creative journey.
“Geodes are rock-like and usually spherical, their hollow insides contain sparking mineral crystals or concentric layers of minerals. Often beautifully colored, they are frequently found near riverbeds. My geodes contain drawn, and glazed miniature sections of the St. John River from its beginnings in Maine to its end in the City of Saint John harbor, reminding us of the river’s importance in our lives, and their form speaks of the preciousness of water itself.”
“River Geodes, showing the map of the St. John River from Maine, USA to the Bay of Fundy in Saint John harbour in New Brunswick, Canada”
“My work with clay has been the realization of my personal thoughts and ideas. I have always had a conflict with my traditional training, however, with clay I have an original voice, one that is recognized. I use clay, push it to its limits creating sculpture and bas-relief work. I love the feel of it, the textures that can be created, the way it responds. Clay being my primary medium since the late 80s has focused my experimentation on pushing the boundaries of the substance, both local clays and commercial.
In participating in over twenty (20) exhibits featuring clay, I have dealt mainly with themes dealing with the everyday life of women, relationships, the tools we use and the times in which we live. My initial exhibit using clay (1987) the first installation/ performance in N.B. featured unwrapping seven sculptures while in the background a tape played with the sound of waves and poet Kay Smith reciting famous women’s names. This piece was followed by the small and large Ageratos series; then Delta: Hill-Schell-Taylor, curated by Peter Larocque, (which toured); ‘2005 Art and Artifact at NBM, the 2010 Wolastoq, curated by Terry Graff and recently by NBM Future Fossils in 2011 and 2012/13 inspired by the international geo-park, Stonehammer.
Being an artist, to me, also includes participation in our arts community. Talking to students, leading workshops in schools (and in my studio) helping with project portfolios and mentoring young people in making their decision for a career in the arts. I have assisted new art teachers with a teaching booklet, “So You Have Clay,” answered questions and guided them through the use of and firing of clay. Throughout my career, I have contributed several times a year to fundraisers. I was been involved with the board of the Saint John Art Center for a year, heading the exhibition committee, finding sponsors for openings and more importantly, for the artists. I continue on the 1994 Imperial Theatre Exhibition committee.”-
Enjoy a full display of images by this artist in our Sacred Waters issue!