Forgotten

Forgotten was exhibited in Scot's Church as part of the White Night festival in Melbourne, 2014. Accompanied by a multi-channel immersive soundscape composed by Russel Goldsmith, the artwork consists of 9 painted panels forming a 6m x 3m work when displayed.

Forgotten, reflects those remembered for their crimes or ideal talents of courage. There are hundreds, thousands and millions of the unknown, and forgotten. All who contributed to life and to our future, which lie in unmarked graves in silence and darkness and stare out from damp shadows as a grim reminder of what is our destiny.

The painting was created over a period of two years. During that time personal tragedy and family sickness was intense and often the question in my mind was “What Next?” or Who is Next?

It was with internal sadness and my father’s imminent death that I chose as a primary source of reference, the catacombs in Paris, dimly lit with over 200 year old skulls placed side by side touching those who they probably did not know in life. With so many human skulls crumbling into fragments and tourists singing “them bones, them bones, them dry bones” or scrawling with texta pens their initials encased in love hearts on the craniums, I drew the dead for endless hours and watched the living. As a result my perception of humanity has been greatly changed.

Forgotten is a tribute to my father Robert Geoffrey Taylor who would have understood most succinctly the contrasts between the rich and the poor; the acknowledged and the anonymous.

Further research has been undertaken at the Cemetery of the Capuchins – 5th Chapel in Rome, the Natural History Museum in Paris and ‘The fool’s Tower: The Federal Pathological – Anatomical Museum at the Old General Hospital in Vienna where I have been able to study the skeletal structures of infants and the unborn and the deformities of human skulls and skeletons.