Michelle Taylor's latest work explores the confines of industrial metals and wood, by adapting techniques and processes that allow an organic expression of surface and form. Elements are compiled to create geometric dimensions, whilst the layering of materials locates private spaces and protrusions create volume. The paint treated surfaces and the material base, play an important role in the visual dialect of the work, providing a language that describes a story held within the confines of the object. These works are inspired by the notion of urban landscape. Observing compositions of urban space and the unique physical fabric that constructs a city. The relationship between the built environment and the spaces between and how this affects the visual vernacular of a city is of great interest to the artist, including physical signs of life that portray human interaction and experience with this environment.
Michelle Taylor was born in Australia in 1982. In 2001 she completed Certificate IV in Arts (Applied Design) at Victoria University of Technology, TAFE, Melbourne, Australia. The following year she commenced a Diploma of Arts (Graphic Arts) at Victoria University of Technology, TAFE, Melbourne, Australia. In 2004 she commenced a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art, Gold & Silversmithing) RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. In 2006 she completed the final year of Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She has taken part in exhibitions at an international level and was selected to take part in Talente at the Internationale Handwerksmesse, Munich in 2007. Her work was shown during Collect at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. This talented young artist has already received several awards for her work, namely Wolf Wennrich Award for Gold and Silversmithing (monetary & acquisitive) in 2006, Kodak Award for Top Student, Second Year (monetary) in 2005 and Ernst Fries Silversmithing Award, Second Year (monetary & acquisitive) in 2005. One of her rings was acquired by the Alice & Louis Koch Collection of rings, Switzerland during Collect at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.