Tayler Parkin is an artist based out of Spokane, WA. A lifelong creator, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Washington University in the spring of 2019. Her studio practice is multidisciplinary and currently her work is anchored in installation and performance; favoring clay as her material of choice. Her work is centered around space, body and material. She has shown at the Chase Gallery in Spokane, WA and Gallery 2 at Washington State University. She is currently a member of the Richmond Art Collective in Spokane and will be working from her studio there for the next year.
I was born too big, for fifteen minutes and thirteen seconds it killed me, but I didn’t die.
The work is about taking up the space I have never felt welcome to. It is about coming from discomfort and flipping it on its head. It is about living in a body that is not ideal and breaking past those limitations. It is about living in my body. It is about asking you to see me and then making you see me. It is about the life and volume of the material. It is about leaving an impression. It is about endurance. It is about strength. It is about loss. It is about mass. It is about space. It is about discomfort. It is about body. It is about my body.
I have found myself lost in empty spaces. My ideas come out of the material and I find myself leaning into that form of creating.
Places is a series of installations, one inspired by the other, made up of small vessels of empty space. My process is meditative in its repetition. The forms begin to shape themselves from muscle memory. The process creates a space for self-reflection and the work is informed by the absence of both something and someone.
And They All is a collection of cubes formed from clay which fall somewhere in the middle of installation and performance. I stack the cubes into towers, starting a new tower after each one falls. The performance is about persistence; fighting against inevitable failure. When I remove myself, the cubes become an installation of objects for time to manipulate.
Found Me is a continuation of the life of the cubes after And They All has come to an end. I sent the cubes out into the world to be found and interacted with in an effort to leave a small indestructible trace of myself in the world.
twentyfour is a series of work that has come out of a performance in which I spent twenty-four hours in a small room. It was an attempt to discover what time felt like physically in the absence of any indication of it.