Fresh from the studio, Artereal Gallery unveils a new series of experimental print-based works by emerging Sydney based artist Taylor Steel. Grounded in traditional printmaking, Taylor Steel harnesses a kind of alchemical magic, warping and wefting everyday imagery to create artworks which reimagine quotidian snapshots from suburbia, steeping them with a sense of mystery and allure.
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New Dawn Fades explores an engagement with scenes or subjects in a state of decay, abandonment, and disorder. I investigate the spaces between intact objects and things such as weedy overgrowths, neglected areas around railway tracks or the growth that shields and surrounds an abandoned structure. Informed by historic traditions of decay, as well as my own direct environment, I employ copy and distortion methods, combined with reflective surfaces to reproduce subjects in a fluid and otherworldly light. This fluidity combined with the reflective surface, injects a sense of motion through the work, a ghost-like presence that is distant from the familiar.
These works transpire from movement; from walking and exploring the landscape, to hand warping images on a scanner, and to the physical action of printing itself; pulling and pushing ink through silkscreens or rolling images through a press. The viewer is able to experience this materialisation and performative process of movement within the final work, through both the reflective surface and the fluidity of the image. I’ve intended to use distortion to symbolically and visually render a dreamlike quality, reminiscent of a hallucinatory and disordered state, and although the image itself is still, there is a physical presence that remains within the work.
Taylor Steel is a Sydney based artist currently undertaking her final year of postgraduate study at the National Art School where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2020 majoring in printmaking. She was the recipient of the Bird Holcomb Foundation Master of Fine Art Scholarship for 2021. She has been involved in a number of group shows in Sydney including the inaugural show ‘Atari Modern’ with Schmick Contemporary in January 2021, and her work is held in the National Art School Collection and in private collections.
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