Abstract Nature: Nick Taylor and Katherine Warinner
No one can compete with the beauty, power and inspiration nature gives us. None of us see the same thing when we look at a tree, branch or even a leaf. Artists Nick Taylor and Katherine Warinner, in this exhibition, will share with us, the myriad of impressions they see when looking out a window or walking through a forest. Katherine’s beautiful, contemplative monotypes and Nick’s organic, commanding sculptures leave us with a new impression of all that can be found in nature. After all, each encounter with nature is unique.
Katherine Warinner’s works on paper involve a complicated process of printmaking but more importantly, convey a sensation she has as she observes her subjects. Rather than render an exact reproduction, the images of leaves, florals and branches convey a felt sense of light, space and color. Using her delicate, penetrating nature and advanced technical skills she is able to produce monotypes that pass through a human filter that is mindful of the natural world’s many wonders.
Whether it is the subtractive process of wood carving or additive practice of cutting, hammering, welding or grinding metal, Nick Taylor’s captivation with the organic quality of nature is profound. His work is labor intensive and often takes him a year to complete just three or four pieces. Living along the Mendocino coast, in the heart of one of the most beautiful places in the world, is not only where he finds beauty, calm and a sense of order, but also where he constantly encounters the elegant abstraction of nature.
Marin Art and Garden Center is proud to bring these two artists together to remind us that we need to both enjoy and protect the environment that gives us so much to see and learn from. Art and artists are often the prophets of our time on this earth and we thank them for their inspirations.
Curatorial Statement by Kate Eilertsen, Guest Curator