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Katherine Taylor, Emerging Artist 2010

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Land Body 2, 16 in. (41 cm) in length, black and white porcelain, coil, nerikomi, press mold, and glaze drawing, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2008. Photos: Harrison Evans.

Land Body 2, 16 in. (41 cm) in length, black and white porcelain, coil, nerikomi, press mold, and glaze drawing, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2008. Photos: Harrison Evans.

Katherine Taylor  Little Elm, Texas

It is intriguing to watch how people communicate with each other in their home landscape versus an environment that is foreign to them. Our body movements change in order to accommodate the contours and textures of the place where we are. Even the rhythm of a conversation shared between two people changes in relation to their immediate environment. A specific landscape and the bodies within it begin to function together as a unit, creating a single form that represents an experience of that specific place. 

Land Body 4, 21 in. (53 cm) in height, black and white porcelain, coil, nerikomi, press mold, and glaze drawing, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2009.

Land Body 4, 21 in. (53 cm) in height, black and white porcelain, coil, nerikomi, press mold, and glaze drawing, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, 2009.

I am making sculptures that express this experience shared between our bodies and the landscape. I use porcelain because the smooth and subtle sheen of its fired surface relates to the soft and glowing appearance of skin. These sculptures are composed of contours that suggest the curves of the human body and also the curves that a mountainous landscape can mark on a horizon line. Curving surfaces are stacked against piled forms, compressed together creating the same dark lines, shadows, and cracks that our bodies can sense when moving across the earth. Glazed areas on these sculptures are like tattooed skin, clothing, or flowers that become the colorful jewels of the experiences of people and places.


 


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