Alison Elizabeth Taylor
USA (1973). Lives and works in New York
Squatter Doorway, 2009
Wooden sheet and resin, 135 x 119 cm
Multiple Shots with Knife Slashes, 2010
Wooden sheet, oil paint and shellac, 138,2 x 104,9 cm
Alison Elizabeth Taylor’s hallmark is her technique: marquetry and woodwork in a Renaissance style—one of the most popular art forms at the court of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV of France—that she has rehabilitated to represent contemporary themes. Her works frequently include landscapes, elements of nature, portraits
of acquaintances, scenes from daily life, and even abstract compositions that cede prominence to the material itself.
In the two works exhibited at #1 Cartagena the artist appeals to architecture and internal space to reveal the desperate lives of those disinherited by the recent economic
disaster, exploring the human impact of the evictions that followed the housing bubble in the United States. The viewer experiences an architectural space, not by its contents but by its gaps, the marks and openings, the absorption present in the abandoned houses, victims of vandalism. The marks evidence the emotional distress of people that have lost their properties and show the feelings of frustration and impotency that are still tangible in the abandoned homes.