Emissions & Remissions
October, 2006


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.

Selected exhibitions by Taylor include:

She’s Come Undone
Solo Exhibition, Hardman Hall Gallery, Mercer University,
Macon, GA, January 2006.
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art International Juried Competition
LACDA, Los Angeles, CA, 2nd Place Award, June, 2006.
SOIL 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition
SOIL gallery, Seattle, WA. (Exhibition + SOIL book release celebration), October 2005.

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.

Bethany Taylor

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