Reverse Transcriptase is Fraser Taylor‘s largest drawing project to date and explores ideas of modern abstraction through a variety of methods and materials. Employing both drawing and collage, Taylor creates the pieces by combining charcoal, graphite, cloth, oil, paper and wire into works full of minute complexity on a gigantic scale. The title Reverse Transcriptaserefers to an enzyme, most commonly used by retroviruses such as HIV, that transcribes single stranded RNA into double stranded DNA, a process that enables some viruses to replicate more efficiently and rapidly. By using this biological influence and a number of different visual sources, Taylor invokes his infatuation with mortality and the prevalence of accelerated life processes in modern society.
About Fraser Taylor
Fraser Taylor has exhibited extensively in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. After relocating from London in 2001, Taylor has worked as a Visiting Artist in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work is rooted in the history of drawing but continues to expand into the fields of sculpture and animation.