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About the Artist - Ann Taylor Gibson

For nearly thirty years I have worked with found natural materials, with what the earth presents me: first as a hand papermaker, using plant materials; and more recently as a sculptor, using gourds, clay, stones, driftwood and saplings.

These sculptures are altars made with bamboo and encaustic wax. Some celebrate the gift of food. I color the encaustic with herbs and spices, and incorporate beans, corn and seeds, many from my own garden. Others are altars to Buddhist bodhisattvas or “saints.” They represent qualities I cherish in these troubling times: listening deeply, looking with unprejudiced eyes, practicing deep understanding, and acting with an open heart. The invocations were written by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

The large piece is a requiem to the farmers of Dhuluaya, Iraq whose fruit trees were bulldozed by the US military in September 2003.

My work draws on many influences. I am inspired by the art and crafts of indigenous people, and their reverence for and ingenuity with natural materials; by the simplicity and elegance of Japanese art and architecture; by the spiritual sites and artifacts of many cultures; and by my meditation practice where I reflect on impermanence and gratitude.

Education

Ann Taylor Gibson has a BA in Art History from Smith College and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has had solo shows in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Greenfield and Amherst, MA; and has exhibited in numerous group shows nationally and in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, where she has lived for twenty-five years. Her work is in private collections in Canada, the U.S., and England, including a commissioned piece at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass



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Ann Taylor Gibson    Conway, MA 01341
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