George Taylor

Born in Macclesfield in 1975, George Taylor moved at the age of 10 onto the farm set within its own steep-sided secluded valley in a remote part of Gloucestershire. Here she began working with her father as he tended livestock and managed the woodland, initiating what has been a lifelong enchantment with the natural world especially as a creative environment beyond landscape solely as a leisure destination – more as a site from to engage with contemporary issues such as embodied experience in place.

At Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, she experimented with sculptural form and constructed environments, introduced by tutor John Penny to the work of Minimalism and Land artists such as Walter de Maria.

Taylor selects, recycles and preens feathers of Victorian taxidermy specimens, road-killed birds, plucked chickens and pheasants destined for the butchers’ shop to extraordinary effect. The exquisite sheen of metallic iridescence, delicate feathery plumes and rich colours provide a sumptuous palette for Taylor to construct her objects. In her use of individual feathers, like a painter might of separate brushstrokes, she builds blocks of colour, shape and tone in geometric frameworks with shimmering and unrivalled sensuality and texture.

 

George Taylor