“Counter-play” is the product of Emma Taylor’s six-week micro residency with the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Moving fluidly between two and three dimensions Taylor’s new work is a playful interaction between the sculptural from and printed surface.
The title “Counter-play” refers to the concept of a second, more superior move designed to counter an opponent’s advantage. This could be interpreted either as Taylor’s artistic response to her previous collection of sculptures or the dynamic interaction between this exhibitions sculptural objects and their flat printed counterparts.
The new sculptures are, as always, fastidiously constructed and crafted. However, they are smaller in scale than previous works, less monumental, punchier and encourage in the viewer a desire to playfully interact with them. Taylor’s print works are more impromptu and lend themselves to be one-offs; the “shapes” are intuitively placed in relation to other forms in the moment, resulting in spontaneous results.