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Finlay Taylor Symptoms - Recent Works
Open to the public:
Friday 20th Oct - Sunday 12th Nov
13:00 - 18:00 Fri, Sat, Sun only

Symptoms presents a new body of work by Finlay Taylor bringing together sculptural work, print media and bookworks.

‘New Moon’ hangs from the ceiling with a floating light bulb surrounded by one hundred Silk moths caught in a perversely impossible moment. Impossible because not only have Silk moths become extinct in the wild during their five thousand years of domestication and lost almost all traces of colour to a ghostly white but have also become flightless during this evolutionary period.

‘Golden Oldies (Four Inch Version) including ‘Dried Up” and ‘Eaten out of Town’. Deleted.’ displays four now extinct british butterfly species on one long pin. This work has a direct relation to the bookwork ‘Imported’ a black silk covered book with passport like rubber stamps inside, each printing naming a now extinct butterfly. A page marker dangling in the same space has attached a specimen tag of the same species but from a European country.

‘Song Thrush’ and other related works on paper are snail eaten drawings where an image or text have been eaten through the paper revealing a cut through of the molluscs predators or favourable and extreme habitats.These works display an urgent message or take a coincidental form from these dumb creatures eating habits. The ridiculous, humourous and simultaneously straight reading of the pieces being informed by the snails dinner damage.

‘Search Site’ the ink jet prints view the site of the rare Hairy Backed Snail which ironically ( to environmentalists constructs and actions) is most commonly found on discarded fast food containers and plastic rubbish. These photo based images also use snail eaten texts giving away the presence of the visually absent snails, altering the readings of the landscape images.

Throughout ‘Symptoms’ constructs of the natural world, environmental situations and extreme possibilities are contrasted and explored. Finlay Taylor is revealing a view, awe struck by nature but unable to restrain itself from imposing its own ideas and aesthetic rational.

Pupa Press, Finlay Taylors publication and bookwork production name launches here with a set of new works, forthcoming is a group publication ‘Entomology Vandal’.




Supported by Lullingstone Silk Farm

installation shot

New Moon, 2000
Suspended Sculpture

New Moon, 2000
Suspended Sculpture

Disturbance, 2000

Plant, 2000
Flat back binding, screenprint, plant specimens

Crossing, 2000
Flat back binding, screenprint and insects

Crossing, 2000
Flat back binding, screenprint and insects

Golden Oldies, 2000

British Blues, 2000

Black Spot, 2000

Projection, 2000