Sam Taylor Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood | U.K. | "Kyoto Girl" | 2002 | 300 cm x 220 cm x 90 cm | Digital print on aluminium

In her enigmatic pictures, which pulsate with energy and are frequently inspired by renaissance and baroque paintings, London-born photographer and video artist Sam Taylor-Wood (*1967) examines and dissects the physical and mental condition of present-day society. In 1997, Taylor-Wood, who graduated from Goldsmiths College and is a member of Young British Artists group formed around Damien Hirst, won the Illy Prize at the Biennale di Venezia; a year later she was nominated for the Turner Prize. In her striking photo series "Crying Men" (2002-2004), Taylor-Wood succeeded in capturing her subjects in intimate, highly emotional moments. The laws of nature are a recurring theme in the London-based artist’s work, as in "Still Life" (2001), a time-lapse film of a fruit arrangement decomposing, and the photo series "Self-Portrait suspended" (2000-2001) and "Falling" (2003), which shows bodies floating elegantly in the air or falling in slow-motion – eloquent symbols of fragility and vulnerability.