SHANNON TAYLOR

DARK RAINBOW

solo exhibition

February 19th, 2021

“Dark Rainbow” is a series of nineteen watercolor paintings by California-based artist and educator Shannon Taylor, who describes the collection as "‘sister’ images, which are thematically and physically mirrored. This show is based around an overarching concept where the sweetness and strangeness of life is transmuted into something more mysterious and beautiful beyond death.”

 

Two of the works, “Bird Rider, Flock Friend”/”Bird Rider, Bat Friend” depict women sitting atop giant swan-like birds, calling to mind the classical story of Leda and the Swan, the Greek myth in which Zeus disguises himself as a swan to seduce and, in later interpretations, rape a Spartan queen named Leda.

 

                        A sudden blow: the great wings beating still

                        Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed

                        By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill

                        He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

                        - William Butler Yeats, Leda and The Swan

 

When Yeats wrote this poem in 1924, Leda and the Swan became a metaphor for fate versus free will. Yeats’ (male) interpretation is that Leda (of course) is “helpless,” she (of course) succumbs to the violent assault of her body, and we are (of course) beholden to fate.  

 

“Dark Rainbow” answers—sure, but fate is female. She holds the cosmic intervention of the moon and stars in her own hands. She wears the “dark webs” of destiny as a glittering gown. And She stands alone as the “Reaper,” to do Her will, which in Her world, is not the hateful act of violence against another but, rather, the generous bounty of all She will sow.  

 

--

Candice Lee Smith 

 

DARK RAINBOW will be physically on view from February 22nd - March 15th, 2021.
Sold works will begin to ship the week of March 22nd. 

Private viewing appointments are available Monday - Friday by emailing info@archenemyarts.com to schedule. 

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Reaper" (2021) watercolor, vintage tin Nicho frame, hand marbled paper backing 22" x 23" framed SOLD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Open Palms, Full Moon" & "Open Palms, Blue Moon" (2021) watercolor, antique Tin Nicho frame 10" x 19" framed ea. $850 USD ea.

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Hidden Hands, Night Web" (2021) watercolor, antique frame, hand marbled paper backing 8.25" x 9.25" $450 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Hidden Hands, Sparkle Web" (2021) watercolor, antique frame, hand marbled paper backing 8.25" x 9.25" SOLD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Bird Rider, Flock Friend" (2021) watercolor, vintage frame, hand marbled paper backing 11.25" x 14.25" $750 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Bird Rider, Bat Friend" (2021) watercolor, vintage frame, hand marbled paper backing 11.25" x 14.25" $750 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Magic Monster, Breath of Life" (2021) watercolor, anique Eastlake frame, hand marbled paper backing 14.25" x 12.25" SOLD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Magic Monster, Star Maker" (2021) watercolor, anique Eastlake frame, hand marbled paper backing 14.25" x 12.25" $800 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Star Shower" (2021) watercolor, antique Eastlake frame, hand marbled paper backing 11" x 13" $650 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Infinity Pool" (2021) watercolor, antique Eastlake frame, hand marbled paper backing 11" x 13" $650 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Magic Hands, Star Dipped" (2021) watercolor, antique frame, hand marbled paper backing 7" x 8" $450 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Magic Hands, Golden Poppies" (2021) watercolor, antique frame, hand marbled paper backing 7" x 8" SOLD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Friends From The Start of The Rainbow" (2021) watercolor, antique Eastlake frame, hand marbled paper backing 14.25" x 12.25" $750 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Friends For The Other Side of The Rainbow" (2021) watercolor, antique Eastlake frame, hand marbled paper backing 14.25" x 12.25" $750 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Spider Archer" (2021) watercolor, vintage frame, hand marbled paper backing 5.75" x 6.75" $350 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Aura Archer" (2021) watercolor, vintage frame, hand marbled paper backing 5.75" x 6.75" $350 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor "Rainbow Bather" (2021) watercolor, antique frame, hand marbled paper backing 12.5" x 10.75" $600 USD

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Shannon Taylor
Shannon Taylor

"Moon Theives" (2021) watercolor, antique frame, hand marbled paper backing 12.5" x 10.75" $600 USD

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Past Catalog Work