Wallau, Taylor

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Like When I Do This


Full size



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Oil on linen


18 x 24 in.

Artist Statement

We are all faced with the challenge of reconciling certain gaps: the gaps in communication, the gaps between people, the gaps between our internal realities and the means that we use to convey these realities. As human beings, we often rely on language to connect with each other, and to close the gaps. We construct words to define experiences, and we tend to accept these spoken signifiers as shared truths. But I find that our means of communication are porous; language, while not always based in words, is inherently limited.

I have gathered fragments of both visual imagery and dialogue. To concentrate on the significance of specific interactions, I isolate these fragments–these moments–from their natural context, and elevate them to the enduring format of oil paintings. The paintings thus evoke a sense of familiarity. They also indicate a dissonance between the two different forms of representation (imagery and text), as well as a lack of information overall. Upon closer examination, our most mundane experiences may expose the pitfalls of human connection–but do the interactions that we have with each other also bear a greater significance, one that we often do not recognize in the moment?

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Wallau, Taylor, “Untitled ,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed December 7, 2016, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4521.
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