Katherine Taylor broods on art, memory and man’s vulnerability in the face of the power of nature in “Parallax,” the Atlanta artist’s commanding retrospective at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.
The exhibition includes her elegiac large-scale paintings responding to the devastation that Hurricanes Katrina and Camille wreaked on the coast of her native Mississippi, as well as her newer series of battleships, maritime scenes that obliquely reference man-made destruction.
The surprises, for me at least, are the delightful small-scale studies for the warships and the pieces based on photos of Atlanta’s recent flood. In contrast to the disciplined application of paint in the formal canvases, here Taylor gives freer rein to gesture and more liquid application of paint.
Taylor will be in the galleries on November 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through December 19. See my complete review in the AJC.