CIPHER

 

Work by Camilla Taylor

Prohibition Gallery

Closing Reception: March 14th, 6-9pm

 

Bio

 

I grew up in the conservative Mormon town of Provo, UT, where I was raised in both the Mormon tradition and the small cultish church my mother led and founded, both faiths stressed the immediacy of apocalypse and so we learned to do things ourselves to prepare for society’s demise.  As soon as I could, I moved to what I thought of as the "big city," Salt Lake, and left the religion I was raised in.  Buying bread instead of making it continues to feel like a subversive act.

 

I received my MFA  from California State University at Long Beach in 2011, (on the dean’s list with Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society membership), and my BFA from the University of Utah in 2006.

 

She now lives in downtown Los Angeles with my partner and two cats .

 

Statement

 

A cipher is a thing that amounts to zero in a mathematical sense. In a novelistic sense, it’s the character whose personality is least specified, the one that is empty and most available for the reader to imbue with their own personality.

 

I create the sculptural equivalent by paring down the figure until only what is absolutely necessary remains. This minimized figure feels personal, mimicking the near unconscious ideas we hold in our heads of our own bodies and those of others.  But they are generalized enough that they take on that meaning for many people--it’s been said to me many  times that a viewer has met or seen figures like my sculptures in either dreams or nightmares.

www.camilla-taylor.com