Jennifer Taylor’s unique world, ‘Hollowsphere’, is an exploration of the human mind and the complex systems that surround us, as well as the ones that we create. Graduating from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and following up with a Master in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2007, Taylor mixes materials in an obsessive and labour-intensive detail to evoke crisis, chaos, infinity, and, at the same time, order, with works that often evoke quietness and dreamy freedom.
The visual intensity of the pieces demand close attention for a proper understanding of their logic or self-contained microcosmic life. One of the first works is a set of lobes and lobules enclosed within a shell that resembles a dissected brain. These lobules are filled with miniature domestic instruments, from vacuum cleaners to hoses, connective tubing, funnels, lemon squeezers, meat grinders, sausages, chains… all rendered in immaculate white.
This combination and contrast of purity and cleanliness with pathological complexity may be an analogy of dreams, of nightmares and of toxic experiences being cleansed, so as to become an abstract form, a mutated version of themselves. There is clearly a sense of order, whether attained by wax-filled spheres or a contrived lightning in her photography. This seems to be an order that has been forced by the system itself, once the objects have taken over, due to humanity’s over-consumption.
With six-foot balloons, blown-up to the point of bursting, Taylor closely examines the variety of scales in systems and encourages physical exploration. From an initial constraint and hard element compartmentalized in lobes, to an aerial and spacious family of gigantic spheres, Taylor manages to provoke a feeling of symbolic flow of anticipation (and sudden explosion) towards an unforeseeable, suffocating end.
Both tense balloon and junk are fused into a final piece that sums up Taylor’s Hollosphere – in an era of excess, fuelled by greed, these malfunctioning systems may take control, and if so, these forces may absorb us into their own compulsive and unsettling activities.
'Hollowsphere' is on until August 8 at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP