Academic journal article The Southern Review

Artist's Statement

Academic journal article The Southern Review

Artist's Statement

Article excerpt

MY WORK USUALLY INHABITS the same familiar spaces of the flat, painted canvas, but it is not always painted nor is it on canvas. In order to cope with being a painter in a postmodern world, I've chosen to incorporate nontraditional approaches into my work. For years, I had been working within the tradition of a discredited medium, marquetry. Unable to fully develop as an art form ever since Renaissance aesthetes categorized art above craft, marquetry was disregarded as inferior to painting. Painting, too, has suffered various death knells, its credibility deeply questioned, and so, in my recent work, I was tempted to merge these two beleaguered beasts into one body and see what happened.

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Gleaners, 2010-2011 wood veneer and shellac, 34 x 51 in. copyright [c] the artist, courtesy James Cohan Gallery

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ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR Wonder Valley, 2007-8 wood veneer and shellac, 47 x 70 in. copyright [c] the artist, courtesy James Cohan Gallery

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR The Breeder, 2009-2010 wood veneer and shellac, 56 x 45 in. …

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