Henry Taylor and Carlye Packer are pleased to present Vaanhingirkii (You can’t remember, but you won’t forget), an exhibition of new work by Mavis Tauzeni at Chinatown Taylor's, on view by appointment February 12 - March 12, 2022.
Tauzeni (b. 1982) lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe, where she was born. Her work in print and mixed media moves one to meditation and reflection of one’s inner self in the same way as she herself reflects on her inner world. Tauzeni’s works depict mysterious recurring forms which toe the line between figuration and abstraction, an attempt to create a form of reality which is parallel to but separate from the real world. Using a surprising and electric color palette, and incorporating newspaper clippings, heavy paint drips, the craft of sewing, methods of redaction and layering, Tauzeni creates work that suggests processes or elements that are in exalted search for their final forms, blossoming, or in movement, all stitched together.
As a child she was taught how to knit and sew, though there was a love hate relationship with the process. Some of her inspiration and skill is drawn from that process – the stitch being about repairing, creating, about the continuity of creativity and culture, psychologically and spiritually. For Tauzeni, her work reflects a sort of being in the world since childhood – reflecting on the mutable relationship between being, our potential, and our actual daily life through the life cycle. She focuses on the possibilities of metamorphosis and our ability to transform structure and form to thought, and the physical and mental emotions to reality.
The exhibition at Chinatown Taylor’s provides a window into the artist’s rapidly developing approach to abstraction at the cusp of figuration – it is a consideration of her deep interior world, presenting works that highlight her wide range of techniques, the web of emotions she explores, and the inspiration she pulls from her environment.
This will be the first presentation of the artist's work in the United States.
ABOUT CHINATOWN TAYLOR'S
Chinatown Taylor’s is located in the old studio of Henry Taylor. For the last few years, since moving his own studio elsewhere, Henry has maintained a spontaneous program of exhibitions and events at the Chinatown space with artists and collaborators of all types and backgrounds – reflecting Henry’s commitment to the community of art he came up in as well as contributes to. A few of the recent artists who had breakout exhibitions at the space include Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Grant Levy-Lucero and Honor Titus. The last exhibition presented at Henry’s was in the fall of 2021 – paintings and sculpture by the self-taught Emery Lambus (b. 1952, Phoenix, AZ).