RMP 2015: Raleigh’s Taylor White shows the frailty of the human form in new Richmond mural

by | Jul 23, 2015 | ART

The Richmond Mural Project 2015 has begun and we’re here to help you learn more about the artist who will be adding to RVA’s already world-class collection of murals.

The Richmond Mural Project 2015 has begun and we’re here to help you learn more about the artist who will be adding to RVA’s already world-class collection of murals. Below is a profile of one of the RMP 2015 artists. Keep an eye out for the rest in the coming weeks, and make sure you come out for the RMP 2015 opening party July 18th 4-8pm at Sabai – 2727 West Broad st.

See a mural you like? put it on Instagram and tag us in it – then use the hashtag #RMP2015 and the person with the most murals tagged at the end of the festival will win an original piece of art by RMP Artists.

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Painting: July 17-24
Location: 100 S Addison St.

Taylor White is an internationally acclaimed producer of fine pictorial convention. The Raleigh based artist is bringing her talents to the Richmond Mural Project. With a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, White’s style is unique and expressive. You can find her work not only on street projects, but in galleries around the country.

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Her work is known for its fragility and use of the human body. Hi-Fructose called her work, “expressive paintings, murals and installations that focus on the fragility of the human body. Featuring mostly children as their protagonists,” said the online magazine.

“White’s work presents bodies as brittle and breakable like ceramic pottery. This imagery evolves into a metaphor for the psyche as we see the characters going through processes of physical and emotional healing.”

White’s background in illustration definitely shows in the fluidity of her work. White’s ability to work with lines, perspective, and depth, among other elements, allows her work to be readily identifiable. The artist’s’ work takes up just enough space and is never overbearing.

Before returning to her hometown, Raleigh, White spent time living in Melbourne, Australia. While living down-under, the artist continued her work and made an impact on the Melbourne art scene. The Melbourne-based magazine, T-Squat talked about what makes White’s work special.

“White is a strong purveyor of philosophy and emotion, she relinquishes her being to these universal concepts, which makes for some seriously thought provoking perceptions of reality as well as fantasy; the mysteries, awareness and questioning of both these worlds is present in her expression,” said the magazine.

White has spent significant time living abroad where she learned about the kind of artist she is and how to balance that with the life that she wants to live.

In the interview with the Melbourne-based magazine, T-Squat, White talks about confronting herself. By having to deal with the expectations of others and her own desires, White was able to learn how to find balance her work.

“I spent a lot of time doing the art I thought people wanted to see, rather than the art I wanted to make. Over the years, though, I came to terms with the need to balance the creative expression with practical expectation, and I’ve been able to make it work for me. I couldn’t be happier.”

White’s life and work is all about finding balance. She explores the mystery of human nature and movement.

In her artist’s’ statement, she says her “work is an unending pursuit of the delicate harmony that exists in that sweet spot between order and chaos.”

Taylor White will continue that pursuit as a part of the Richmond Mural Project.

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner




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