My sculptures illustrate the absurd humor (cognitive dissonance) one has when trying to hold both “realism” and “optimism” as one’s values. I use imagery from midcentury American cartoons, modern art and ancient sculpture to astutely drum home friendly adages like, “everyone is trying their best.” Hand-made sculptures symbolically visualize our collective humanity, give proof for a pro-human doctrine and make valid an optimistic approach to reality.
Austyn Taylor, b.1984, Rochester, NY
Initially, my career started as an art teacher, working with the students led me to ceramics as a medium and I pursued a Ceramics MFA which I completed at Alfred University in 2016.
I am nomadic, traveling and lecturing in studios around the world. Residencies include Guldagergaard, Skælskør, Denmark, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN, Sonoma Ceramics, Sonoma, CA, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, VARDA Residency, Sausalito, CA and currently second year at the intensely beautiful, hidden and historic Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California. I show internationally and in the states, notably Miami Art Basel and SOFA in Chicago. Represented by Bender Gallery, Asheville, NC, Poet and the Bench, Mill Valley, CA, Keep Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM and All You Need Now, Shanghai, China.