Another aspect of Taylor’s work is that she aims, in art form, to remove people from what she calls their ‘separate boxes’ and treats them as forming part of daily living. She reminds us that 33,000 people are employed in the off-shore industry and that although such engineering work is often side-lined, we the public are completely dependent on their input for our everyday lives. A recent trip took her to the Pentland Firth to the Pelamis test sites just off Stomness. Taylor and a fellow artist travelled by boat hired from Scotmarine Ltd to visit two of the proto-type sites, the Sea Snake and the Penguin. She admits to being disappointed that the weather on the day was calm adding that, as an artist, she had wanted to see the sites in ‘wild weather’! The North she says is now ‘the hub’ of off-shore energy development and Taylor will certainly be on the scene to record the unfolding story of the Pentland Firth and its renewables potential as part of her artistic journey.
Taylor says she is looking forward with fondness to the Tankerness Museum Exhibition in Kirkwall this year explaining it was the first museum she visited and loved as a small child. In her own words she enthuses, ‘I will feel very much at home there.’
A foretaste of Sue Jane Taylor’s Beatrice Works exhibition can be found in a feature by her in Frontiers magazine. And you can meet the artist herself on the morning of the opening, Thursday 4 September, when she will there at Tankerness House from 10.30 am until just before 12 noon.