Theresa Taylor is a contemporary visual artist based in the north west of England.
Her practice focusses on the experience and process of time and it's passing in both its interior and exterior realms. Although abstract in essence her work suggests a marked emphasis on a human presence. She investigates internal/external psychologically imbued spaces, using the natural world metaphorically and uses processes of erasing and layering, investigating memory and the layering of experience.
Theresa Taylor's work references her many years as a psychotherapist and an art therapist, in the past, within the NHS and in private practice, which she pursued alongside her art practice - her work is shown across the UK and internationally.
I'm interested in both making art and in the questions about what we are and why ?
I weave a path between psychoanalytic principals, art therapy theory and the natural world, all of which underpins and informs my work.
Presently, I work out of my studio in the north-west of England, and at Art Lab Contemporary Print Studios, University of Central Lancashire , Preston, UK, where I am currently a resident artist.
There is a dialogue between the randomness of the resultant marks I produce via printmaking/painting/drawing - and their associations. Evoking multi-layered interpretations, I take an experimental stance to my practice sometimes using unmeasured processes.
I work in both 2 and 3-D formats and I'm interested in both suggesting the 'evidence' of life has been and now gone in the patina of the surfaces and also developing psychologically nuanced spaces and imagery. It is also informed by the natural world, particularly the sea, which I use as a reference point, metaphorically.
I'm interested in the momentum of time and the personal-human creation of history, the process and experience of being alive, in it's various forms. The experience of passing through time and the incessant flux of being alive is often implied, with the remains of trace imprints as evidence of what has been and now gone.
I tend to think of my work as a kind of archaeology of being alive, as if the works have been exhumed and remade.
Ultimately I'm interested in the fragile balance between existence and extinction, the continued progression of being alive.
selected recent exhibitions
FLOURISH AWARD-shortlisted group shows
*WYPW Gallery, Huddersfield, UK
*PR1 Gallery, UCLan, Preston, UK
*Spike Print Studio, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
'MAKE COLOUR SING -
An International Exhibition of Contemporary Abstract Art, curated by artist Laine Tomkinson, taking residence at The Nottingham Artist's Society Gallery, Nottingham.
A wide range of work from 8 artists undertaking 3 post graduate projects, based at Artlab Contemporary Print Studios, housed at the PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire, UK.
Together with Tina Dempsey, Jess Rotherham, Jane Bennett, Jacqui Symonds, Lanty Ball, Jenny Steele and Clifford Richard.
Coordinator, curator and exhibitor in this large commemorative international contemporary exhibition. Showing the work of 27 artists marking 40 years since the start of the Fine Art degree course. The exhibition shows recent work from selected ex-students and lecturers from the pioneers of the Fine Art Degree Course, Preston Polytechnic, initiated in the 1970's. Initially shown at The Gallery at The Storey, Lancaster and then PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire.
AWAGAMI MINIATURE PRINT INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
A specifically focussed exhibition, using printmaking techniques on Japanese paper, held at the Imbe Art Space, Tokushima , Japan.
Selected for Hull Capitol of Culture event, exhibition at The Ropewalk Gallery.
AT THE MARGINS
Selected work from the Aberystwyth Printmakers Group and the Printmakers Council of New Zealand.
Shown at both Napier, New Zealand and Aberystwyth University College of Art Gallery, Wales, UK.
FOUR ABSTRACT ARTISTS
Exhibition of floor and wall based work at The Gallery at The Storey, Lancaster, UK . Shown with work from artists Nigel Morris, Bryn Trescatheric and Jude Trescatheric
REVEALED-12 Contemporary Artist-Printmakers Collective
The Dutch House Gallery-The Kunsthuis, York, UK
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE PRINT EXHIBITION
Manhattan Graphics, Manhattan, New York, US
WARRINGTON CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Cheshire, UK
CADAQUES INTERNATIONAL PRINT EXHIBITION-Touring 18 months
Touring Cadaques and Barcelona, Spain, Wingfields, Suffolk, UK, and Bages , SW France.
SEACOURT INTERNATIONAL MINI PRINT BIENNALE
Seacourt International Print Centre, and FE McWilliam Galleries, County Down, Northern Ireland
BOUND BY PROCESS
Four- person exhibition held in 2 parts concurrently, at the PR1 Gallery, the University of Central Lancashire and The Harris Art Gallery and Museum, Preston, UK.
With Kathryn Poole, Alex McIntosh and Tracy Hill
ECHOES OF REPETITION:TRACE IMPRINT-OPEN VIEWING, solo
Three site-specific installations made during a 3 month residency at North-Light Mill, Brierfield, Lancashire
'A' AL OOCHEL
cultural Exchange-Mexico City photography students and artists from the University of Central Lancashire, exchange exhibition held at The Birley Project Space, Preston, Lancashire UK
A IS FOR ABER
Exhibition held at Aberystwyth University Art Gallery and other venues across Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
A POTENTIAL SPACE
A Potential Space- Site specific installation, Hanover Building, University of Central Lancashire, UK
SEACOURT ANNUAL SHOW
Seacourt International Print Centre, Bangor, Northern Ireland
Invited exhibition showing a range of printmaking practices, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancashire, UK
'A 'AL OOCHEL'
Shared cultural exchange show with Mexican artists, in Mexico at Escuela Activa de Fotographica and at the PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire, UK
8 INTO 1
Impress Printmaking Collective, Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria, UK
Printmakers exhibition, Upfront Gallery, Hutton in the Forest, Cumbria, UK
Printmakers exhibition , St Georges Quay, Bolton, UK
GREENDOOR ARTISTS COLLECTIVE
Farfield Mill, Sedburgh , Cumbria, UK
OPEN UP NORTH
Large group show shown across 5 galleries across Kendal, Cumbria, UK
PRINTFEST at THE NORTHERN PRINT BIENNALE
Selected artist-printmakers at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK
'A AL OOCHEL'
Galeria la Gandelaria, Mexico City
Solo, exhibition of wall-based work at The Brewhouse, Kendal, Cumbria
Selected group show, at Gallery 23, Lancaster, UK
Solo exhibition of wall-based work, Eighth Day, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK
Solo, exhibition of original prints-wall-based work, The Anthony Hopkins Gallery, Theatre Clwyd, North Wales
Solo exhibition of original prints and mixed media work, the main gallery, The World of Glass, St Helens, 'A Multitude of Meaning'
Solo, exhibition of original prints, Garstang Fine Art
Solo, The Dukes Playhouse, Lancaster
Bellwood and Wright Fine Art, Lancaster
Solo, The Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
The Spectrum Gallery, 2011-2014
Printfest ,Original Print Festival, Ulverston, Cumbria -2001-2014
-3-months residency at Yorkshire Street studio at Textile Candy, Morecambe, Lancashire, UK
-AA2A-artists residency at Artlab Contemporary Print Studios, the University of Central Lancashire, UK
-Artists residency-invited speaker-Seacourt International Print Centre, Bangor, Northern Ireland.UK
-Coordinator and curator of 'RECALL' -a large international contemporary exhibition, showed at The Gallery at The Storey, Lancaster, followed by the PR1 Gallery, University of Central Lancashire, UK.
-Artlab Fellowship Award, Artlab Contemporary Print Studios, University of Central Lancashire, UK
-3-month artists residency, North Light Mill, Brierfield Mill, Lancashire, UK
2013-15MA Fine Art- University of Central Lancashire, UK ,
1975-78BA (hons) Fine Art, Preston Polytechnic, Lancaster, UK,
1973-75Foundation Studies Fine Art, Rossendale College, Accrington,Lancashire,
Group Psychotherapy Advanced Modules, Group Analysis North, Manchester, under the auspices of The Institute of Group Analysis, London 2007-08/2008-09
Clinical training, Dynamic Psychotherapy, UK Council for Psychotherapy Registration, NWIDP, Manchester 1994-98
Group Drama-therapy Course, British Association of Drama Therapy, Wigan College, 1987-88
Group Psychotherapy Course, Group Analysis North, Manchester, (Inst Group Analysis, London )1983-84
Post Grad Dip in Art Therapy, B.A.A.T registration, Hertfordshire University, St Albans, Herts1981-82