Barbadians may recall Leslie Taylor as the energetic plant person in Meridian 60 with Doug Hoyte and not so long ago… Now she has transferred her love of plants into a new channel and brings a revitalised perspective to “Dirty Flowers and Old Boats” at the group show at The Main Guard at the Garrison, which runs until April 22nd.
Known for her lyrical yet unexpected treatment of local flora, landscape and the environment, this new view explores the “dirty” underside of flowers with allusions to aging, abuse and sexuality. Inspection of the conventionally pretty surfaces of these black and white images leads the viewer to a contemplation of the role on imperfection in beauty. A surprising connection is made between leaves and petals and the metal and timber of “old boats“.
As you’ll recall? A tenth of the sales made will be used for senior citizens who fought in both World Wars, via the Barbados Poppy League – Hey, Bajans are long-lived! Don’t presume there are no folk left from WW I ’til we know 4 sure, OK?
Anyways, Leslie does not merely sell prints or photograph, she also crafts the frames! Using good ol’ galvanise or what old-time Barbadians call “paling” or fencing (using galvanised sheet metal) to create a totally unusual appearance as a frame for her “Propeller Flower“, this will really set tongues wagging if laid over the fireplace or by the larder, depending what part of the world you’re from, LOL! So make sure you march quick-step over to Art at The Main Guard, that’s an order – Ten-Hut!