4 x 3 inches
Kristine Taylor’s sculptures are the perfect blend of her love of tools and the creative process. As a child she was passionate about art. Her father, an engineer, taught her to use the many tools in his wood shop and foundry which helped her later during the creation of her own sculpture. Her knowledge of animals is evident in her work, not only in the proportions of the subject, but also in the personality revealed in each piece. Her work requires collaboration between herself and the skilled artisans of her casting foundry. The multi-step, labor intensive process requires skill, technology, and industrial equipment. Taylor’s work is cast in a world class foundry in Northern California.
Kristine graduated from Stanford University in 1973 with a B.A. degree in fine art. She spent several years doing machine work for a scale model/prototyping company. She lives and works in the bay area and has exhibited throughout the United States.
All of my sculptures begin with a spark of inspiration. This can be from a photo, online image or seeing the animal in real life. Once captivated, I first study images of the animal’s skeleton. This gives me an understanding of body proportions and the range of movement of the joints. In order to determine the pose the animal will take, I research the animal’s behavior; prey or predator, social or solitary, timid or aggressive. Finally I make small quick sketches to establish the line of the pose and the overall form the sculpture will take. Only then am I ready to begin creating the master sculpture.