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27.09.18 - 23.12.18

We cordially invite you to the opening of the exhibition on Thursday September, 27th between 7pm and 9pm

CCA Andratx is pleased to present the new exhibition by the British artist Diana Taylor, featuring her newest series of works created during her stay at the CCA Studios as part of its internationally renowned Artist-in-Residence Program.

Intrinsic to Taylor’s practice, is the collection and appropriation of existing imagery and printed ephemera sourced from discount stores and through online sources. The title of the show refers to holding on as both ‘waiting’ -alluding to the impact of digital media upon traditional craft processes in these times of alarming technological acceleration, and as describing a sense of ‘longing’ in reference to recent loss in the artists’ personal life.

In this series of textile hangings, the work began with screen-printed reproductions on canvases from details of the handiwork from a collection of tablecloths belonging to the artist’s late mother, herself an accomplished seamstress and craftsperson. The canvases were brought to CCA in April during a residency, where the large prints were cut, painted, stitched and reconfigured. Made by skilled artisans in Cyprus, over many hours of care and precise needlework, these tablecloths are translated almost instantaneously from analogue to digital format. The crotchet and lace borders of these cloths are scanned, enlarged and repeatedly screen printed on the canvas and then reconstructed by hand emphasizing the authentic craft through the various logics of time and through the repetition of stitching over the reproduction of the original work. The processes involved then traverse through temporalities and authors, at different paces, from the hand of an unknown craftsperson to the digital screen, then to the mechanical screen-printing process, finally returning to the artists’ hand.

Crucial to Taylor’s practice is the question of what is at stake. The work becomes activated over time, through the processes and the build-up of ideas being explored and discarded. Errors are embraced in contrast with more traditional methods of correcting; contradictions of decision and indecision are left exposed. These collages are palimpsests of remnants referencing dichotomies of art and craft, ancient and modern, fast and slow, traditional and digital. Oil paintings of ancient Greek pots are obscured by tapestry nets. Fragments of domestic ephemera from souvenir tea-towels, patterns from digitally printed vinyl tablecloths, and non-slip mats for cutlery drawers are used for tapestry stitching. Patchwork of traditional English fabrics (Morris, Liberty and Ashley) are composed on the canvas through an aleatory process, again subverting their intended use. Clothes patch motifs from China, screen prints of discarded lottery tickets and a palm tree printed hoody from Primark are stitched in, floating together and alluding to the idea of contemporaneity as being a-temporal by nature; a temporality which is always looking outside of its own time and in which the image itself immediately becomes a ruin.

In addition to the recycling of fabrics from thrift shops and the scrap bins in textile shops, a new search or collection was triggered by incomplete tapestries of Taylor’s mother. Scouring and buying from E-bay for other unfinished tapestries has led her to photograph and digitally print these tapestries, further painting into and stitching into the image where the original was incomplete.

Diana Taylor (U.K., 1977) lives and works in London. She is currently a practice based PhD researcher at Sheffield Hallam Uni., working in collaboration with the William Morris Gallery, London, awarded with AHRC funding. Taylor graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010 with an MFA (Painting). Selected residencies include CCA Andratx, 2018 (also 2012), The Factory Floor, Modern Art Oxford (2015) and the Abbey Scholarship in Painting, The British School at Rome (2011). She will be undertaking a residency at 18th Street Arts Centre in Los Angeles (2019). Forthcoming shows include Wells Art Contemporary, U.K. (Oct).

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