Maritima Artist Residency Participants:
TAYLOR SMITH (b. 1993, Rochester, New York) is a visual artist based in Paris France (currently in residence at the 6b in Saint-Denis), whose multi-disciplinary, research-based practice incorporates a mix of printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture, and installation.
She received a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University in 2015, before completing an M.A. in Cultural Mediation at the École du Louvre in Paris in 2017. She was then awarded the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship by the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris (2017-2018).
Taylor has participated in several group and solo exhibitions, notably in Paris, Berlin and Boston in addition to a mural project and residency at the Asociación Atlas for eco-tourism in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
Via her manipulation of natural and artificial morphogenetic processes and both organic and man-made materials, she investigates the perpetual conflict between nature and cultural production, addressing humans’ insatiable desire to “perfect” their surrounding environment.
She is currently producing a monumental sculpture made from mycelium for the Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette (France, July 2020) and preparing for two art-science residencies in Finland including the Bioart Society's ArsBioartica residency (October- November, 2020). Taylor also participated in Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija's performance at the exhibition Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy: Mare Nostrum, (Venice Biennale, May 2019).