Taylor Overbey – The Juggler

The Juggler. Oil on Masonite assemblage, with motor. 18″ x 12″ x 10″

www.taylor-o-studios.com

Biographical notes:
I am currently a 2nd year graduate student at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, where I am also an adjunct professor.
I am doing oil on Masonite assemblages more than anything else now because it gives me more latitude to develop my concept and engage the viewer. I like to do work that has a somewhat serious message, but has a bit of humor to make it palatable. For instance, “George Washington vs. Godzilla” is a funny title, and Lady Liberty is based on a 1940’s pinup model. But the deeper message here is that this picture is based on the story of St. George and the Dragon. In that story St. George saved a King’s daughter who was sacrificed to the dragon so the people could get water from a lake. In my painting Lady Liberty is sacrificed to a monster who is destroying our nation’s capital. It will take someone like George Washington to slay the beast and restore our liberty.
I want to weave these kinds of ideas into my work more and more and get people to think. My older work, like “The Chess Players” was what I called “a slice of life.” When I would come across a scene that I found particularly interesting or beautiful I would paint it, or draw it. The work I did was aesthetically pleasing (at least to me) but it didn’t really require anything of the viewer. All he or she needed to do was enjoy it. Now I want to make things that are pleasing to the eye and interrupt, or arrest the viewer’s attention, and cause him or her to think about what I’ve done.
Yours,
Taylor Overbey

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