Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art hosts “Haunted Houses,” an exhibition of Katherine Taylor-McBroom’s artwork on display in the Chaplin Hall Pocket Gallery. Taylor-McBroom will speak Wednesday, December 2, at 1 p.m. in 301 Chaplin Hall about her work. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Born in Memphis, TN, and raised primarily in the South, Taylor-McBroom has always had a love for art as well as mixed media constructions. Since she was a very young girl, she remembers watching her grandmother paint, sew, quilt and create unusual craft objects from discarded household items.
“I love using mixed media, especially collage, and I believe this is deeply rooted in those early experiences of watching my grandmother, says Taylor-McBroom . “Her use of patterning and working with a combination of materials intrigued me the most. I love constructions and assemblages.”
As a displaced Southerner, Taylor-McBroom moved to Vermont in the summer of 2007 and is now an Exhibition Designer at the Sullivan Museum & History Center at Norwich University. Prior to her move, she worked at various museums and galleries. Graduating from University of Memphis with a Master’s in Art History, she enjoys studying art history and will sometimes incorporate certain art historical references in her work. Having lived in the South most of her life, her art is also heavily influenced by women, southern traditions, music and memories of childhood.
Taylor-McBroom says, “I have a love and appreciation for architecture and creating constructions that are chaotic. Perhaps it is through this disorder of architectural elements that I express the chaos that I feel, see, and remember. Buildings hold memories, impressions, and the mark of the people that lived there. The buildings hold a connection to the person as much as the person does to the structure, however good or bad.”
Her “Haunted Houses” series explores those left behind impressions as well as her interest and experience with the spirit world that lies within those impressions.