"This sculpture stems from a piece a created in response to my time aboard the Canada C3 Expedition marking the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. That piece, Who is Speaking? Who is Listening? was made out of porcelain elements in the shape of ear trumpets, referencing animal horns traditionally used as hearing aids. I wanted to draw attention to the quality of both speaking and listening as foundational to moving forward. I love this simple shape, how light and shadow falls on the form. When I began playing with them in pairs, I saw how when they are placed opposite each other they can curl under the other form, support it and hold it tight. They can stabilize the other, keep each other in balance. To commune is a very deep and vulnerable state, one where you feel heard."
Gold Topaz Sculpture. In a large graceful sweep, this one of a kind sculpture measures 18 x 12 x 11 cm.
The Silk Series was inspired by the artist's mother with whom she made candies and chocolates. Realizing the viscosity of molten sugar is similar to molten glass, Taygan has developed the form since 2014 by pulling the glass repeatedly, as one pulls taffy candy.
An Untamed Bond, Part 2 of 5 of The Allegory of Atalanta, linocut, 2020. Edition of 6, printed on Arnhem 1618, 16 x 22 inches.
When Atalanta was born, her father had hoped for a boy and so he left her on a mountainside to die of exposure as was the practice with unwanted girls or disabled children. Artemis, in the form of a shebear, found her and suckled her. She was raised as one of Artemis’ huntresses.
Printed on the artist's ingenious home-made printing press (made of a car jack, melamine and oak). Created for her upcoming solo exhibition Untold Stories I once Wished Lost at the Karsh-Masson Gallery (re-scheduled for 2021).
The rapid thawing of the arctic is revealing many new archeological finds. This work reflects upon the recently discovered prehistoric toothed arctic bird Tingmiatornis arctica which resembled a cormorant and was alive during the Cretaceous Period when the arctic had a semi-tropical climate.
In this work, we are presented at first-glance with an atmospheric scene of cormorants nest-building, bathing and flying. Smoke rising from the water and the hills make us think of mist or a forest fire; this leads us to notice the teeth of the birds and transports us back 90 million years to a time when Tingmiatornis arctica flew over the semi-tropical arctic waters and mountains, which could erupt at any moment.
The Calydonian Boar Hunt, 2020, 1 of 5 of The Allegory of Atalanta Series. Edition of 3, 48 x 88 inches.
This 12-panel woodcut is printed on tiled sheets of kozuke washi paper. It is ingeniously engineered to line up seamlessly despite it's enormous size. Printed on the artist's ingenious printing press (made of a car jack, melamine and oak). Created for her upcoming solo exhibition Untold Stories I once Wished Lost at the Karsh-Masson Gallery (re-scheduled for 2021).
Atalanta was the only woman to take part in the Calydonian Boar hunt alongside Theseus and Meleager. With the quarry cornered, the hunt devolved into chaos. Peleus misses his mark and accidentally kills Eurytion while Atalanta raises her bow steady and sure, draws, and strikes first blood. Meleager is awed and awards her the hide as an honour prize.