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ART SEEN - Alison Elizabeth Taylor - Savage Root

Mid Morning Mix // Art & Culture // Aug. 31, 2015

ART SEEN - Exhibition “Alison Elizabeth Taylor. Savage Root"

ART SEEN - Alison Elizabeth Taylor - Savage Root

When Steph's not painting or teaching herself, she's off checking out the best exhibitions in the region and getting inspired.

19/06 – 25/10/2015
Château de Nyon
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am – 5pm
Entry tickets:  Adults: CHF8, Under 16: Free, Senior, AI: CHF6

The exhibition Savage roots shows works in wood by American artist Alison Elizabeth Taylor. Using modern marquetry and grained woods from all around the world, the artist skilfully fuses old and contemporary art techniques to unite past and present. Few artists use marquetry today. It is a time-consuming technique that requires meticulous precision to inlay all the coloured wood pieces together to form an image. Alison’s modern pieces are exhibited alongside traditional pieces of marquetry and furniture in the beautiful setting of Chateau de Nyon.

What makes this exhibition really interesting?

The way Alison fuses the traditional with modern by combining marquetry and painting techniques to create pictures by inlaying wood. My favourite example of this is “El Jamon” or “The ham” in English.

The use of genre art to tell stories about the marginalised population in American culture.

The influence of the artist’s childhood surroundings, arid inhabitable dessert that is often a backdrop for these immense wood pictures.
The fusion of marquetry, a traditional technique known for decorating palaces in the 16th century with modern day American culture to tell stories about the modern day American people

Hot tips:
There is a marquetry workshop on the 20th September from 2pm to 4pm suitable for kids aged 7 and over. Sadly, there is no equivalent for adults, and I am not the only one to have asked! Price CHF16.- by inscription. info@chateaudenyon.ch or check out other exhibition related events under « Actualités »

Make a day of it:
I love to eat well in original settings as well as supporting other creatives. So my hot tip if you want to make a day of it is to visit the exhibition in Nyon castle then stop for lunch at Café Deco (in Grand Rue, Nyon) and while you digest, take a look at the beautiful creations at Mademoiselle P – a new boutique that opened earlier this year. Patricia, the owner, will greet you warmly while you browse her selection of tastefully hand picked creators from Florence, Geneva, Paris, Marseille, Mallorca… It’s the perfect place to find a special gift or to treat yourself. (Well, I just couldn’t resist!) It’s just opposite from Café-Deco at Grand Rue 15 in Nyon. Facebook Page: Mademoiselle P

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