Adjacent to Life



Paintings by Rachel Taylor

March 23, 2012 - May 11, 2012

Painter Rachel Taylor unspools sloshing puddles of human experience. Swamp Bobbin depicts the fluidity of life’s processes and the impermanence of description.

Taylor’s expansive spills and unforced accidents of ink, coffee, paint and other ephemera are informed by the swamps of her native Louisiana. Rachel observes that in the swamp “there is no confinement. It just spills everywhere.”

She turns skeletons into puddles, finding commonality in the surge, ebb and flow we share with each other and with the larger environment. Hers are paintings of the wet, warm interior – an interior that is permeable and non-localized.

Rachel’s “given up on straight lines,” even jettisoned the traditional geometry of stretched canvas by turning to paper. With these works she asserts paper’s inherent beauty: it’s irregularity, familiarity and implication of human touch. It has a lightness of material and perception that welcomes the “organic, informal nature of drawing.”

These paintings are visual equivalents to daily life. They revel in knowing that every pool or splash we encounter or create is but the freshest iteration of the originating primordial soup, from which everything we love has emanated.

The show, Swamp Bobbin, resides at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery currently housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B: 10-B to regulars). Drop by for essential espresso and art to match. On view through May 11.

Curated by Mark Roth

[image above: Tread, ink, oil and coffee on paper, 40” x 83”]