In his compelling new series of photographs CJ Taylor employs the disquieting artifice of still life painting to explore notions of identity and place in an Australian vernacular.
Using a combination of 19th century photographic techniques and sophisticated digital processes, he creates arresting works that are strangely familiar but peppered with small oddities and disruptions. His images hover between the known and unknown, real and unreal, past and present calling into question the truth of the photographic image.
Taylor´s enigmatic new works bring together mass-produced taxidermy moulds in bright neon tones with native flora and fauna found in the landscape surrounding his South Australian home. Ambiguous and beautiful his photographs are a celebration of beauty, fragility and the tenuousness of the natural world.