Camilla Taylor: 静かな友達 - Quiet Friend
Kanda & Oliveira is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of Camilla Taylor entitled " 静かな友達 - Quiet Friend ".
“Quiet Friend is about a companionship that is unchosen. Connections and actions made unconsciously, seeping out and connecting us to each other like invisible dark strands of beads.
The animals and people who fill the spaces that we make, find places in the gaps of our lives and find a place to live in the world that we create.
When I was very young, I worked as a baker. I would rise at 3 or 4 am and walk to the commercial kitchen while the city was still dark. Few were awake, but the animals were, and I’d pass by the clouds of moths swirling around lamplights, and the wakening starlings greeting each other and seeking out sustenance.
I studied entomology before I decided to become an artist. Despite my love for insects, this is the first solo exhibit in which I’ve included insects as part of the artwork. I’ve been hesitant to incorporate them because of the way others react with horror, but this series is the perfect opportunity. There’s an ambivalence between the horror to the situation simultaneous to the coziness of companionship, between repulsive and poetic.
We don’t always want the company that arrives, and like family, we don’t get to choose each other.
Whether it be words, secrets, emotions or uninviting companions of ours, the invisible is now made visible.”
Camilla Taylor lives in Los Angeles with 3 cats and her partner.
Recognized for her monochromatic figurative artwork, she works in a variety of media to create intensely introspective artworks. The artworks explore the complex relationship between our own internal world and where it intersects with our shared world.
Taylor’s approach to materials is influenced by her upbringing in a small religious community, and the heavy importance placed on self sufficiency and all things given their own importance and consideration.
Raised in Provo, Utah, USA, Camilla Taylor attended the University of Utah and received a BFA in 2006, and an MFA from California State University at Long Beach in 2011.
Open to the public: September 14 (Wed.) ‒ October 08 (Sat.)
Opening hours: 13:00 - 18:00 *Wednesday to Saturday during the exhibition period