Lives and works in Cardiff
Jennifer Taylor works with film and live performance to create absurd scenarios where bizarre systems emerge and mutate, often moving towards a point of crisis or breakdown. She uses abandoned structures in remote landscapes as found stage sets, around which she constructs fictional narratives. Ancient neolithic burial chambers and obscure towers in Wales provide surreal, displaced settings that bring a sense of post-apocalyptic degeneration. Taylor also recreates fabricated versions of these settings within galleries, with lo-fi fluorescent stone circles and costumed performers who gather to act out certain rituals. Referencing science fiction and the mysticism associated with such sites, Taylor acts as though she is somehow enslaved by controlling forces which seem to harness her energy in some way. Tangled tubing and cumbersome giant balloons act as ludicrous, ominous props as her malfunctioning pantomimes unfold.
Jennifer Taylor currently holds the Creative Wales Fellowship at the British School at Rome and she recently completed the Unit(e) residency programme at g39 in Cardiff. Prior to this, she was the Artist in Residence at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, 2016. Taylor completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art and her BA in Fine Art at the Ruskin School, University of Oxford (First Class Honours). She has exhibited and staged performance events at many galleries and public spaces including A Gentil Carioca in Rio de Janeiro, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, The Wapping Project, Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, Artsadmin, French Riviera, The ICA, Flowers East in London and Modern Art Oxford and Oxford University Press.