Like wearing blue jeans? Apparently, half the human population does.
Lynn Taylor's art presents this beloved indigo blue to reference Port Philip Bay and encourage conversation about ocean warming and the 'ripple effect' of our carbon footprint. Can we decrease it?
Born in Queensland and educated in England, this is Taylor's third solo exhibition about climate change following a career in art education.
Taylor expresses climate change through media that can move us in a way that statistics cannot. Calming yet distorted indigo patterns evoke faded denim and the complexity of our tenuous relationship with nature.
Seascapes are intercepted with striking red horizons and gantry cranes - symbols of an oil-driven society. Black swans move urgently toward grassy wetlands - a glimpse of the vulnerable beauty at stake.
Taylor's practice involves creative manipulation of traditional materials such as organic pigments and dyes. Reflections on our connection with natural elements influence her palette and imagery, physically embedded in oil-painted linen on sustainable timber stretchers.
Recent studies in N. Thailand influenced an exploration of symbolic links between ancient indigo and the ubiquitous blue jeans of our consumer culture. The interdependent yet critically disjointed relationship between humans and the natural environment is at the heart of Taylor's message.
"'Indigo Brew' reminds us of our urgent duty to cool mother ocean" said Taylor.
The Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery at Gasworks Arts Park is the perfect space to consider our dependence on fossil fuels while viewing this exhibition.
Indigo Brew is FREE to view and open to the public from 13 August to 1 September. The Opening Event is Saturday 17 August, 2-4pm.
Originally exhibiting in Bristol and environs, Taylor is widely travelled, pursuing a creative working life in the U.K., U.S. and currently in Byron Bay. You can find more about Taylor and her art at www.studiotaylor.org