North Sea thinkers
Rhona Taylor is a visual artist with a multi-disciplinary practice that is rooted in stories about places and people, and how the two relate to one another.
Her work looks at how places, spaces and their history affect individual and collective identity, as well as ideas about belonging, separation, outsiders and “the other”. She is interested in notions of borders, boundaries and the mapping of places and journeys. She is particularly interested in the sea, islands and the extreme reaches of land.
Recent projects include Eponymous, an outdoor painting installation commissioned by Artwalk Porty, which connected Portobello in Edinburgh to the town in Panama from which it takes its name. The work was based on a 24-hour snapshot of shipping routes in the Firth of Forth and the Panamanian coast.
Previous work includes Vanishing Points – a kinetic sculpture installed in a former herring factory in the Westfjords of Iceland, which explored the changing fishing industry in the area – and site-specific installations in a boat shed on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh.
In 2017 she spent two months at Nes Artists’ Residency in Iceland, and has recently been awarded a residency in Reykjavik with SÍM, the Association of Icelandic Artists, for May 2020.