Jennifer Taylor, Video Still, Filmed at Porthgain in Pembrokeshire, 2016
Jennifer Taylor works with film and performance to create absurd scenarios where bizarre systems emerge and mutate, often moving towards a point of crisis or breakdown. She uses abandoned structures in remote landscapes as found stage sets, around which she constructs fictional narratives.
Ancient neolithic burial chambers and obscure towers in Wales provide surreal, displaced settings that bring a sense of post-apocalyptic degeneration. Taylor performs certain rituals at these sites, as though she is somehow enslaved by controlling forces that seem to harness her energy through some perverse parasitical takeover. Tangled tubing and cumbersome giant balloons act as ludicrous, ominous props as these malfunctioning sci-fi pantomimes unfold.
Taylor has recently been awarded the Creative Wales Fellowship at the British School at Rome (Forthcoming 2017) and she was previously Artist in Residence at Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro (2016). Taylor completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (Distinction dissertation 2007) and her BA in Fine Art at the Ruskin School, University of Oxford (First Class Honours 2004). Taylor has exhibited and staged performance events at many galleries and public spaces including A Gentil Carioca in Rio de Janeiro, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris, French Riviera, Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, The Wapping Project, The ICA, Flowers East, Modern Art Oxford and Oxford University Press.
The artist was in the following exhibitions: UNIT(e) SUMMER SCHOOL g39 Fellowship - ONE RAT TRAP x g39 nonsequences Links :www.jennifertaylor.co