For Anita Taylor [b.1961] drawing is a fundamental discipline for creative development, used both as a means to encounter and examine the world, and as a departure point for new understanding and the identification of content. For more than three decades she has been making charcoal drawings that explore the relationship of the female subject (as artist and model) and the defining acts of scrutiny, gaze and feeling. This interrogation of gesture and expression has led to a sequence of drawings that question not just the appearance, but the emotional or haptic sensation of being inside a skin or body that can only be seen or recognised by the self with the aid of a mirror. The ink drawings explore more expansive themes with reference to historical precedent, narratives and event. With fluid expression they explore, interpret and re-situate the depiction and representation of their female characters and subjects. The exhibition at Drawing Projects UK provides the opportunity to view the range of her drawing practice and includes a number of large-scale charcoal drawings that challenge perceptions of identity, self and portrayal and a selection of ink drawings that explore narrative and subjects that include the A mon seul desir, Ghosting: Stanley and Daphne, and the Wives' Tales series.
In addition to her practice as an artist, Anita Taylor is Dean of Bath School of Art and Design and Professor of Fine Art at Bath Spa University, Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize project and founder of Drawing Projects UK. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally and has drawings in a number of public collections, including the V&A. A drawing held in the Jerwood Collection is currently on show in Century: 100 Modern British Artists at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings until 8 January 2017. The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 is also on show at The Edge, University of Bath until 17 December.