Shelby Taylor

Through a practice that shifts between drawing and painting, and slowly drifting into other mediums, my work is an exploration into the dynamic and intertwined relationship between “humanity” and the animal. Subject matter is drawn from past experiences of growing up in Northern Ontario and a study of cultural myths/fables. I delve into themes that deal with encroachment of the animal form into human space (physical or otherwise). The space I explore can be physical, cultural, or psychological. Within that space a relationship between, emotion, and symbolism of the animal’s otherness determines the form of the work.

Subjects of life and death, hybridization, ecology, encroachment, and psychological residue in relation to the animal are common themes across my work. Building on these themes a relationship develops between the human ecology of architecture, technology and culture and the otherness of another being, the animal.