Alumna Alison Elizabeth Taylor '05 in Solo Show 'Future Promises'

Catherine Fisher
September 12, 2021

Alumna Alison Elizabeth Taylor ’05 is featured in the solo show Future Promises at the James Cohan gallery. Future Promises is the artist’s sixth show with James Cohan.

Taylor’s work is “known for transforming the historic technique of marquetry or wood inlay into a new form: marquetry hybrid—a novel synthesis of media and process that incorporates inlaid wood, painting, and collaged textures to create a new perspective on painting.” A native of Nevada, Taylor turns in Future Promises from “the familiar scenes of her native Southwest to reflect moments of day-to-day life around her home and studio in Brooklyn during the COVID-19 pandemic.” By constructing portraits of individuals, Taylor manages to write “a love letter to the resilience of a neighborhood and a community, translated through [her] empathetic and incisive eye.” 

Taylor has received numerous awards and grants, including a New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Smithsonian’s Artist Research Fellowship Program Award. Her work has appeared in The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, among other locations.

"On Thinking Thoughts are Feelings," 2020, marquetry hybrid, by Alison Elizabeth Taylor '05