Jennifer Taylor works with film and live performance to create absurd scenarios that explore ritualistic behaviour and obscure ceremonial practices. She uses abandoned structures in remote landscapes as found stage sets. Ancient Neolithic burial chambers and obscure towers in Wales provide surreal, displaced settings that bring a sense of post-apocalyptic degeneration.

Taylor often then recreates fabricated versions of these settings within galleries, with lo-fi fluorescent caves and stone circles into which she introduces costumed performers who gather to act out certain rituals, referencing the mysticism associated with such sites and bringing in other science fiction elements. Tangled tubing and cumbersome giant balloons act as ludicrous, ominous props as her malfunctioning pantomimes unfold.

You will have a chance to see one of her performances in a special exhibition closing event on the 14 July at 7.30pm that is free to attend and open to everyone. If you are interested in being part of the performance, either as one of the performers or helping to prepare in the preceding week by making costumes or sets, please get in touch. We are also interested in hearing from people who might want to play instruments as part of the performance. 

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. 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. She has been part of artist residencies worldwide including Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, The British School in Rome and g39 in Wales. Originally from St David's, Taylor lives and works in Cardiff.


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