Sylvia Taylor

Working Hands
7″x5″; assorted papers; 2013

Sylvia Taylor
Orange, New Jersey, USA


My collages are about our experience of a moment; defined by layers of history, not all visible, but nonetheless, still experienced. The hidden layers create a richness that otherwise would not be.

I am inspired by unexpected beauty and the patina of time; texture imposed on the man-made by time and the elements. I am compelled to express my interpretation of this inspiration, to document moments.


Sylvia Taylor resides in an artist live/work space in a renovated 1905 firehouse in the Valley Arts District, Orange, New Jersey. An observer and lifetime artist, Sylvia creates one-of-a-kind collages and studio jewelry. Sylvia’s collages have been described as rich, mysterious and complex; thought provoking, with a hint of intrigue below the surface. Her collages are colourful with texture and depth created in the layering technique she uses. A variety of handmade and appropriated papers are attached with archival glue to an acid-free watercolour paper base, with additional touches of colour via acrylic paint. Using a consistent, contained format for the collages allows for abundant discovery for the maker and viewer. Sylvia studied at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, and has exhibited extensively in Northern New Jersey.


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7″x5″; assorted papers; 2014

7″x5″; assorted papers; 2014