My paintings explore the natural order of a world unconcerned and unaffected by the human hand. In my work, animals are seen organically, maternally, and void of all stigmas and human associations. Each painting includes an animal, a plant, and a mineral, addressing the interdependency between each of these within their environment. I researched biomes and specific locations, including the Southwestern United States, the Appalachian Mountain Range, and the central Carolinas. Each painting contains a plant, animal, and mineral that is specific or common to that place. Materials used: oil paint and acrylic gouache.
For the drawing depicting the two deer, I was interested in exploring grace and movement within an environment. The direction of the wind is hinted at by the sweeping blades of grass and the jumping of the deer into a void. The unknown space adds an elusive mystery that is encapsulated by observing nature. The paper was altered by wetting dirt, and then spread by hand around the paper. Materials used: charcoal, colored pencil, dirt.
Kayla Taylor is a sophomore at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago studying in the painting, drawing, and sculpture departments primarily. She is from North Carolina and has always been an avid gardener and a proponent of sustainability, with a passion for the environment, exploring, and learning about interactions within the natural world.