©Henry Taylor, 2013

©Henry Taylor, 2013

I am interested in creating work that holds multiple moods and experiences simultaneously, and the mechanics of mythology in a post-mythic age. My recent paintings follow an anonymous, opaque woman as she moves through a series of more or less legible scenarios. Each canvas articulates part of her origin story, mapping out zones of the landscape and recording her interaction with the surrounding space and the beings that populate it. The paintings are unified by darkly bright, or brightly dark, color palettes and a preponderance of flora, both traits which place this world in a heritage of women’s work—the former calling on a tradition of colorists which includes canonical names like Stettheimer and Chicago; the latter on countless botanical illustrators. I am interested in elaborating a style which is immersive and reflexive, which makes use of painting’s capacities for both illusion and revelation. In presenting this character sometimes discovering, often lounging -unheroic- in a theatrically non-natural nature, I hope to offer a context for considering how we might orient ourselves to an Edenic environment, and how we might bring our bad habits with us there.