Webinar: How Artist Bethany Taylor Strings Together Nature's Relationships
This Zoom webinar with artist Bethany Taylor aired January 26, 2022, as part of the Unsettled Nature: Artist Event Series. Watch a recording in the player above.
In this video, artist Bethany Taylor discusses the concepts behind her artwork, which is featured in the Unsettled Nature exhibition, with the co-curator of the exhibition, Joanna Marsh. Taylor’s artwork shows the intricate connections between life forms on Earth. She creates digitally woven tapestries of natural settings, accompanied by fiber-based drawings of animals, humans, and plants from the ecosystem represented in each tapestry. Taylor’s drawings are made of string, implying each must be connected to something else. The installations adapt to each space where they are installed — just as species adapt to environmental conditions — and the tapestries are strategically unraveled in certain places by the artist to emphasize her message: Flux and change are natural, all living things are connected.
Unsettled Nature: Artist Event Series
What is "natural" in a world where the human imprint is everywhere? In the exhibition Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans formerly at the National Museum of Natural History, contemporary artists challenged viewers to think about the changes we make to our planet. We hosted a series of conversations with them on the power of art to illuminate our relationship with the natural world. September 2021 – March 2022