PEGGY TAYLOR REID
EATING AWAY AT THE EDGE or the poetry of discarded things
NOVEMBER 4 TO NOVEMBER 28, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 6 - 9 PM
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present EATING AWAY AT THE EDGE or the poetry of discarded things an exhibition by artist Peggy Taylor Reid.
EATING AWAY AT THE EDGE or the poetry of discarded things is Peggy Taylor Reid’s recent work at The Red Head Gallery. It is comprised of three distinct groupings –Discarded Rituals, form follows (dis)function, and One Inch of Soil, and is a visual response to the loss of self-reliance, supplanted in a culture of convenience and discarded traditions.
Taylor Reid’s work is an investigation of objects as traces and shadows of our physical world. Since its inception, photography has been an important way of sharing and documenting empirical knowledge about worlds known and unknown. From Anna Atkins botanical traces of algae, Karl Blossdfeldt’s work with forms from nature as archetypal designs motifs to the mesmerizing snowflake crystals of Wilson Alwyn Bentley, photography has used the scientific gaze to create understanding about the world around us. These early explorers of photography laid the groundwork for a physical understanding of the world that demystified nature and simultaneously increased our perception of its beauty. Today with the knowledge of impending ecological crises our sensibility to the complexity and beauty of our natural world has increased. Taylor Reid makes deeper connections to contemporary social issues, such as genetic manipulations, monocultures, the passage of time and most recently food production and its security. Objects she I chooses to photograph become a poetic reverie and reflection on the complexity of the world. She contemplates the notion of how the physical form of an object informs the hidden understanding of its cultural systems.