Stephanie Taylor

Scale in the architectural environment has always fascinated me. I began my career as an advertising art director, including billboards, in image driven Los Angeles. Since 1977, I have created site specific, publicly placed paintings and sculpture for major private and public sector institutions. With a degree in History from UCLA, my focus was on the role of location and connections between the past and contemporary society, often reflecting my heritage as a fourth generation Californian.

My first interests were in abstracted architecture, but with my Amelia Earhart mural in 1991, the human figure and how people relate to each other fascinated me. In both my public and private work, I thought of myself as a visual historian, both representational and as narrative. Since returning to Sacramento in 1984, I have maintained a consistent solo and group exhibition schedule.

Increasingly, my work has come off the wall, starting with murals at Jack London Square in Oakland, 1996. I needed to compel people to become more engaged in the murals so I added ceramic elements to the 2D mural. Viewer engagement is a driving impetus in my work. Curiosity also drives me, and I want to inspire this in the viewer as well.

In 2003, stepping out of my comfort zone, I returned to school to study art full time. I had been a Philosophy major at UCLA for a time, and with a pivotal trip to London that year, a renewed interest in theory flared. I spent the next three years focusing on issues and practice, making objects and exploring my personal response to the world, independent of representation.

The idea of beauty now seems increasingly worthy of pursuit in our contemporary world. Iíve been able to acknowledge a deep appreciation for both design and my obligation as an artist in an increasingly threateningly global, postmodern world. It has taken me beyond narrative representation into a world where I can create my own fantasy, in more expressive materials, from clay to steel. It has also reminded me of my keen interest in environmental issues which began in 1994 with my first recycled and found object sculpture.