Kerra Lee Taylor

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Springfield, MO

My work exploits the narrative potential of painting. A painting cannot encompass the entirety of a narrative, but it can imply one. It functions more like a single scene rather than the whole story. When we take a scene out of context, we are left to fill in the gaps. For every person, for every story, the interpretation of the scene will be unique. In this manner, I allow room for viewers to enter my paintings and complete the stories with their own past experiences.

I playfully fabricate memories with my family to fill in the holes caused by the loss of stories. I take into consideration the various personalities, quirks, and typical environments that my relatives and I live in. My paintings are embellishments of personal experiences with family. By putting them in these normal settings with such unusual circumstances, I create my own stories, familiar and fantastic at the same time. It is in these extraordinary situations that we find the stories that are worth telling.