Garland Martin Taylor is a sculptor who creates abstract and anthropomorphic objects using mostly welded steel, but also materials such as Indiana bald cypress twigs, locks of kinky hair, baseball stitching, steel, stainless steel, aluminum cans, cut tacks and nail polish. Intertwining notions of past and present, Garland is also an independent scholar studying the life and work of Henry Jackson Lewis, the first African American political/editorial cartoonist active during the late nineteenth century.
_ After a little over a year of experimenting with three-dimensional word forms inspired by the ritualistic nature of African power figures which embodied a willingness to engage in intensive labor, functional art has captured my attention. These new works continue to display the evidence of my arduous process of cast-welding, shaping and polishing stainless steel. The difference is that these functional sculptures not only interact with viewers, but also become part of everyday life. For instance, my series of slow cooking chambers and fire pits provide sustenance and warmth as they operate at a point around which people gather, connect, and share ideas. Rituals like these intrigue me.
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