PAM MARLENE TAYLOR The Red Arrow Gallery Website
Nashville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Installation
Pam Marlene Taylor is a fiber artist living and working in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a graduate from Tusculum University where she double majored in Studio Art and Graphic Design, with a concentration in Sculptural Welding. Pam is an independent feminist curator focusing on group shows which converse with current social issues. As an artist, she weaves on hand built looms and is represented in Tennessee by The Red Arrow Gallery. By day, she proudly wears the title of Museum Manager for 21c Museum Hotel Nashville.
Changed My Mind
In each of these tapestries there is a subtle change flowing through the raffia. Starting in one color, each cord is made by braiding strands of raffia, then braiding those braids, and sometimes again and again, to form a complex texture and strong rope. Slowly, each cord has a strand of raffia replaced with a new color until the cord has become a new color cord completely. With one strand being replaced at a time, this tedious process represents the small steps it takes to change your mind, your opinion, and ultimately- who you are. Each of these tapestries represent something I have personally changed my mind about, and the individual steps it took me to get there.
Women as Warp
In a tapestry, there is the horizontal fiber called the weft and the vertical fiber called the warp. The warp is normally an unseen portion of the tapestry as it is hidden by the weft once complete. In this series, the warp has been intentionally brought out to be highlighted as the strong backbone of the tapestry, traditionally unseen, yet holding everything together. As a metaphor for the unseen and unappreciated work of women, Women as Warp utilizes braided raffia to showcase the unacknowledged strength of the warp.