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Katherine Taylor

Phone: 979 571 5045

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My work is rooted in the gap between the natural world and the world of imagination. It derives from moments of arranged daydreams. To encourage them, I go out on hikes where my mind can wander and wait to find objects that will call forth an enigmatic image or a fanciful narrative in my mind. It’s a momentary flicker of creative clarity which I attempt to reconstruct in the form of a sculpture. The work is a reflection on our natural impulse to seek patterns where there may be none and on the ways we perceive and engage with our surroundings.

The exercise takes shape through texture. I use the objects I find as literal sources for the sculptures. I take a mold of each surface with special care to preserve its texture, and use the impression to cast a new form. The resulting sculpture is a push-pull between the object in its recognizable form and as I saw it momentarily.

For this, I am most drawn to tree bark. Bark has a tactile pattern that, when magnified, multiplied, or otherwise removed from context, is open to abstraction. It also has a close visual resemblance to other natural forms. When cast in metal, the industrial sheen further drives away its distinguishable qualities.

I take advantage of this ambiguity to substitute the bark texture for other organic materials. Where the viewer would expect to see, for example, the wrinkles of elephant skin or the plates of a turtle’s shell, I use bark instead. The unlikely combination is intended to appear unaffected. With a reality that feels familiar, the viewer is encouraged to accept the subtle mimicry enacted by the swapped surface, at least momentarily. The viewer’s eventual recognition of the incongruity is a sort of undoing of my original daydream – where my mind created a mashup, the viewer separates out the disparate elements. My aim is to raise questions about what we see versus what we know (or think we know) and how we interact with our environment.



2005 University of Melbourne/ Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, MFA

1997 Dartmouth College/ Hanover, NH, BA, High Honors

1993 St. Paul’s School/ Concord, NH, Distinctions in Arts and Languages


selected exhibitions

2013 National Arts Club, New York, NY, Solo Exhibition

2012 Skoto Gallery, New York, NY, Two Person Show

2012 Hood Museum, Invitational Dartmouth Alumni Show, Hanover, NH, Group Show

2012 Ink and Clay 38, Pomona, CA, Juried Group Show

2010 New Harmony Gallery, New Harmony, IN, Two Person Show

2009 St Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Solo Exhibition

2008 Maurice Sternberg Galleries, Chicago, IL, Solo Exhibition

2007 Alfa Arte Prize, Eibar, SPAIN, Group Exhibition

2007 Mumford Fine Arts, London, UNITED KINGDOM, Group Exhibition

2006 Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX, Juried Group Show

2006 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Solo Exhibition

2005/6 Wimbledon Art Studios, London, UNITED KINGDOM, Group Show

2005 Cobalt Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Group Show

2005 Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Solo Thesis Exhibition

2005 The Red Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Solo Exhibition

2005 Yering Station, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Juried Group Show

2004 ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Juried Exhibition

2004 The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX, Solo Museum Exhibition

2003 George Patton Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Juried Group Show

2003 Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Group Show

2003 Melbourne University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, Group Show

2002 Outdoor Sculpture Show, Plano, TX, Juried Group Show

2001 Del Rio Council for the Arts, Del Rio, TX, Juried Group Show

2001 University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, Juried Group Show

2000 Animals in Art, Baton Rouge, LA, Juried Group Show

2000 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Group Show

2000 St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Alumni Show

1999 The Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO, Staff Group Show

1999 Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, Juried Group Show

1999 Santarella Museum, Tryingham, MA, Juried Group Show


public collections

Access Youth Academy, San Diego, CA

Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX

St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

State Capital, Austin, TX

S&W Sports, Concord, NH

Texas Gulf Bank, Lake Jackson, TX

The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN



2006 Scholarship Recipient, Karravaz Foundation, Albacete, SPAIN

2003 Melbourne University Academic Activity Grant, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

2002/04 Public Art Registry, Atlanta, GA

2002/03 Reynolds Scholarship, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

2002 Connemara Conservancy Sculpture Grant, Dallas, TX

2001 Ceramic Sculpture Award, University of Texas, Austin, TX

1997 Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


2013 The Wall Street Journal, ”Portrait Emerges at Arts Club”, March 27

2013 The New Criterion, ”Playing Chess at the NAC”, Armavirumque, March 24

2012 The New Criterion, “Gallery Chronicle”, Vol.31, No.2, October

2011 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, “Muxus Handi Bi”, Vol.106, No.1, Sept/Oct

2010 Making Art Connections, Chris Bates, “Weebotts”, McGraw-Hill, July

2009 The Alumni Horae, Jana Brown, “Artist Opens Students to New Ideas”, May

2009 The Pelican, Tom Owen “…Visiting Artist…”, April

2008 Sculpture Magazine, “New Sculptures…”, Vol.27, No.6, July/Aug

2004 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, “Corset Bones”, Vol. 97, No.2, Nov/Dec

2004 Sculpture Magazine, “Sculptural Whimsy“, Vol.23, No.4, May

2003 Albany News, Sheryl Spore, “Sculptural Whimsy”, December

2002 The Allen American, Shari Frazer, “Art Meets Nature“, March

1999 The Boston Globe, Chistine Temin, “Chesterwood’s Focus“, July



2012 Aloha Foundation, Fairlee, VT, Artist in Residence

2010 ‘Critical Thinking in Three Dimensions’, New Harmony, IN, Visiting Artist

2009 St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Visiting Artist

2004 Nancy Smith Elementary School, Albany, TX, Artist in Residence

2003 St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH, Visiting Artist

2001 The Telfair Museum, Savanna, GA, Community Outreach Artist

2000 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Artist in Residence

2000 The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, Art Instructor

1999 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Artist in Residence

1999 The Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO, Teaching Assistant

1997/98 The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, Art Instructor

1996/97 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Teaching Assistant