Happy Limbo of Suspended Metaphors: Mixed Media

Artist Statement

My work explores text in a metaphoric way through mixed media painting, drawing, and collage. The deconstruction of words as symbols to create points of reference in a seemingly arbitrary context means I’m able to gather material from unlikely, unexpected sources. Throwaway items, scraps of paper, and discarded material I collect ultimately become an extension of the physicality of the paint itself. For years I worked as a graphic designer, and elements of design tend to assert influence, making the castoff pieces a starting point for both the composition and the subject matter, with random words and arbitrary text establishing a narrative for the viewer.

Kim TaylorKim Rae Taylor is an artist and educator. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, where she teaches painting and drawing fundamentals, along with an online survey course examining the roles of women in art history. She earned her MFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati, and a BFA from The College of Fine Arts of The University of Texas at Austin. Additional studies include The University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, and the Metáfora Center for Art Therapy Studies in Barcelona, Spain.  She has been an artist-in-residence at the Cill Rialaig Project in County Kerry, Ireland, the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan, and Red Gate Gallery Residency in Beijing, China. Her work has been shown widely throughout the US and abroad.  www.kimraetaylor.com