Safira Taylor (1993) is an artist based in the Netherlands and born in Muscat, Oman. She obtained an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2020 and a BA in Fine Art from the Minerva Academy in Groningen (2017). Taylor has exhibited internationally with some of her most recent shows at Torch gallery (2019) in AMsterdam and FOLD GALLERY IN LONDON (2020). She has also been awarded the Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds (2018) and the Hans Brinker Budget Trophy (2015).
Taylor finds inspiration in natural forms such as the translucent curve of a butterfly wing, a cluster of beetle eggs or the concentric circles of an onion skin. She first photographs or films these forms and then abstracts them on paper or canvas. It is through this process that the artist pursues her interest in cyclical patterns, which reflect life cycles found both in natural or re-wilded environments (land that has been reset without human intervention) and in her very studio. Consequently, elements of nature’s way and Taylor’s artistic methods share intuition, fluidity and unpredictability. Mother nature’s essence is effectively channelled through the artist’s hand.
Taylor’s fluid and colourful abstractions on translucent surfaces that are often folded into three-dimensional forms, are a clear reminder of our place within the natural order of things. Furthermore, her works are a testament to a world that may be lost with growing urbanisation, unless we find strategies to bend our way of life to nature’s unbridled processes, and not the other way around.