Taylor Anton White, Smokey Tickles Touch Me Twice, 2017, Acrylic, oil, charcoal, paper, fabric, and stitching on paper © Taylor A White, Courtesy of BEERS, London
Could you explain this work?
I'm never interested in explaining an artwork, or providing guidance for how someone should view it, or the establishment of some form of justification for it's existence. I'm always most interested in artwork that asks me more questions than it provides answers for.
What does this piece deal with?
What medium and techniques did you use?
This work is comprised of acrylic, oil, charcoal, fabric, and stitching on paper. Elements of this painting were made separately, then torn or cut apart, sewn back together, and then painted again.
What were the struggles of making it?
To be honest, I don't really feel struggle with my work. I'm often inclined to intentionally cause a serious problem in my work that has to somehow be resolved or sometimes left unresolved. The act of "fixing" a calamity is something that forces me to make decisions in a work that I cannot predict before beginning. I don't work from sketches or preconceived ideas in paintings, and I generally view finished paintings of any size as sketches. I try to treat them as dismissively as I would a small piece of inexpensive paper.
What is the purpose behind this work?
All of my work comes from a very simple desire to entertain, surprise, or to confuse myself.