‘Marquetry Remains Her Focus’

Alison Elizabeth Taylor, “Night at the PS,” 2020. The artist calls her work a “marquetry hybrid.” Credit… Alison Elizabeth Taylor and James Cohan.

In the past, Alison Elizabeth Taylor’s extraordinary wood-marquetry paintings have seemed interesting primarily for their bravura craft. Working from photographs, mostly her own, and using laser cutting (mainly), Taylor fashioned small pieces of various wood veneers into puzzle-like pieces fit together to form detailed images… After tentatively broaching color in her 2017 show at this gallery, Taylor has taken the plunge into a full palette — intense, jewel-like hues that tend to steal the show.

This work evokes for me the Robin Hoody woodlands cherished in the English Midlands.

Alison Elizabeth Taylor, “Meet You There,” 2021… Credit… Alison Elizabeth Taylor and James Cohan.

It’s great to see Taylor expanding her art, but marquetry remains her focus. The show’s largest work, “Meet You There,” takes us into familiar territory but with a new intimacy, showing us up close a dizzying extravagance of wood grains, mostly unpainted, in a forest of spindly trees and branches. Only the pink sky of a fading sunset is painted.

Roberta Smith, “A New Level of Ambition in Art by 3 Women — Alison Elizabeth Taylor: Future Promise,” NYTimes, 9-16-21)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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