BETHANY TAYLOR Cont'd
Taylor’s installation mimics the incessant human activities that leave lasting marks on the environment. However, rather than simply emitting water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, HFCs, PFCs, and SF6, she releases fleeting images of gradual effect and change while imagining the ways unchecked greenhouse gases might create a devastating irreversible condition for the environment, drastically changing and in many cases destroying life on earth.
Taylor states, ”My recent installation work inherently represents things in flux and incorporates string or thread as a material that is expressive, changeable, and adaptable. I think of each work as a fragment of a never finished representation. Ongoing struggles, partial experiences, hybrids, fragmentations, and juxtapositions are conditions I find most reflective of my experience.”
Bethany Taylor is a founder of SOIL collective and gallery. Taylor has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is an artist based in Gainesville, Florida and a Leturer at University of Florida where she teaches the Workshop for Art Research and Practice.
She’s Come Undone
Taylor is the recipient of both Seattle Arts Commission and King County Arts Commission awards and her writing, art, and curatorial activities were recently featured in SOIL Artist-Run Gallery 1995-2005.
Throughout the 20th-21st
century there is increasing evidence of humans altering the earth’s
climate and environment through changing agricultural and industrial
practices. Climate changes do occur naturally, however, prior
to the Industrial Revolution, very few gases were released into
the atmosphere due to human activities. The growth in population,
the incessant burning of fossil fuels, the production and transport
of coal, natural gas and oil, the decomposition of organic wastes
in landfills, along with deforestation, and the raising of livestock
are seriously increasing the mixture of gases which absorb and
trap heat in the atmosphere. As the earth’s temperature
increases, contributing greenhouse gas emissions are predicted
to have a long-lasting, negative impact on the environment, drastically
changing life on earth.