Using her signature medium of exotic feathers, Pangolin London are delighted to present
a compelling new body of work by George Taylor - her first major solo show in London
Inspired by ritual feather-work pieces from the Andes and Hawaii, Taylor’s painstakingly
created works combine primal instinct and natural materials with today’s canon of
contemporary art by using complex optical designs and sumptuous, iridescent colour.
During Taylor’s quest to find a conceptual language that complimented her own experience
of the natural world which surrounds her on the secluded Gloucestershire farm she lives and
works on, Taylor was inspired by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) whose
term ‘Intimate Immensity’ was first referred to in his book the ‘Poetics of Space’ in 1958. Relating to Bachelard’s correlation of a moment of inner stillness with ‘eternal disquiet’ and the
continual cycle of life and death Taylor’s works are at once mesmerisingly still and full of life and
The fleeting moment and subtle movement are at the core of much of Taylor’s work and many
works in the exhibition show her ongoing investigation into the state of Nirvana reached
through the connection of ‘the little death’ of sexual orgasm, or through the act of dying itself.
More recently Taylor has also taken inspiration from writers such as the feminist philosopher
Luce Irigaray (b.1930) whose thoughts about how erotic intimacy and proximity could evoke a
sacred stillness are so similar to her own.
Highlights of the exhibition include a new monumental work The Beast in Me, 2017, which at 7ft
tall and made from the glistening feathers of the cockerel and crow has a slightly sinister yet
sensual quality. A new film Innocent Potency featuring Taylor will also be screened for the first
time and interweaves imagery of an innocent but sexually charged pillow fight with raw
imagery of Cuban cockfighting rituals.
In recent years, Taylor has used an extensive variety of feathers to create absorbing, large-scale
pieces which blend qualities of sculpture, installation and painting. Her work is in numerous
influential private collections and prices range from £2,500 to £100,000.
Please note: No animals were harmed to create this work. George Taylor carefully sources
her feathers from birds that have died naturally or from Victorian taxidermy collections.
The exhibition will run from 7 March until 14 April.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Colin Glen will be available upon request. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm