In the truncated, crate-like forms that support long slanted spans of fragile mirror, Taylor seems to shift entire planes of the room, tilting and tinting them orange or black or cropping the viewer in disconcerting ways. Air and light and the room flicker in and out of the work so that we are aware of our own exaggerated movement causing us to slow down and try to comprehend how we see what we see.
In all of Davis' work, sophisticated visual movement and perceptual shifts are guided by skilled manipulation of simple, beautiful materials: pine, walnut, plywood and mirror. Perfect joinery and immaculate surfaces reveal their conceptual underpinnings by the structure and arrangement of the forms themselves. Like the Constructivists and Minimalists before her, the intense physical and visual experiences generated in Davis's precise use of these modest materials invites the viewer to reexamine their relationship with everyday objects and forms; suggesting that the simplest structure can engage us in a conversation both personal and profound.
Taylor Davis was the winner of The 2001 ICA Artist's Prize, and was selected to exhibit her work in the 2004 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Davis teaches at MassArt and lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.