This week, Art Ready students continued to learn how to express their creativity in art. Artist Rosemary Taylor seeks to help students create artwork with many different materials.
Rosemary’s current studio is in Fort Green, Brooklyn (though it is moving to the Flatbush area soon). Rosemary Taylor went to Brooklyn College, where she received her MFA. She also went to Massachusetts College of Art where she received her BFA. Rosemary has taught and worked in a wide variety of places and organizations such as Joan Mitchell Foundation and Bronx Museum. She has also shown her work in many galleries including Smack Mellon.
After everyone introduced themselves, Rosemary began to talk about her artwork. She says in most of her pieces you’ll see some aspects of graffiti and figure drawing. As we began to look around her studio, we did notice some human figures and spray paint used in her artwork.
One piece that was most interesting to me was a canvas that was located on the far right of the room, of what looked like a 80’s mirror. You know the ones celebrities would have in their dressing rooms with lightbulbs framed all around them, for putting on makeup. What stood out to me the most in the painting was what looked like red lips, for I am a fan of red lipstick.
Overall, I think that Rosemary’s style of art shows a great sense of freedom, as in, each piece doesn’t have to look the same or be around the same subject. I know when I used spray paint for the first time, I wanted to go wild and draw crazy figures in different colors. One thing I learned from Rosemary was to never limit yourself.
Rosemary presenting her two designs. Both were drawn on canvas. In most of her pieces she’s inspired by graffiti and figure drawing.
In this piece Rosemary uses many mixtures of colors and pattens, including using spray paint.
In my opinion this was another wonderful lifelike artwork. Rosemary uses a lot of shades of red in this piece. Also in this design Rosemary used Rabbit skin pellets and made them into glue by melting them. She bought the rabbit skin from a art store. She said the process to make it into to glue takes about two days and is very challenging.
In this piece Rosemary uses the mixture of figure drawing and spray paint to create a colorful and lifelike artwork.
A close up on some of Rosemary’s older pieces. i find it interesting that she practices on smaller canvases to get ideas for larger ones.
More of Rosemary’s older artwork. In these drawings she actually wrote words on them.
Pictures of a larger mixed media piece Rosemary did at a gallery. She first drew on a smaller canvas to get an idea of how she wanted it took look, instead of going through a series of trials.
Rosemary taking down her biggest piece to show the Art Ready students. To keep the piece secured she has it taped to the wall and when she wants to show people she gets a ladder and takes off the tape and it falls down.
Rosemary’s largest piece. She said this piece also took the longest to make. What a great outcome in my opinion. Rosemary says she’s not completely happy with it. That’s also her reason for keeping it hidden so she can go back to it in the future.
My favorite part about this artwork is what looks like red lips. I believe I see a hand that is holding everything in the painting.
Post by Delana, Exploring the Arts Intern
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