These Limbs Statement
A cipher is a thing that amounts to zero in a mathematical sense. In a novelistic sense, it’s the character whose personality is least specified, the one that is empty and most available for the reader to imbue with their own personality. The figures in this exhibit vary from the level of generality in their features, but all share a common abstraction.
Camilla Taylor creates the sculptural equivalent by paring down the figure until only what is absolutely necessary remains. This minimized figure feels personal, mimicking the near unconscious ideas we hold in our heads of our own bodies and those of others. But the figures are generalized enough that they take on that meaning for many people--it’s been said to Taylor many times that a viewer has met or seen figures similar to her sculptures in either dreams or nightmares.By Camilla Taylor
Stacey Wexler, Director
Da Vinci Gallery
Los Angeles City College