Alison Elizabeth Taylor
Alison Elizabeth Taylor’s Security House examines the contemporary landscape and culture of the southwestern United States. She uses marquetry, a woodworking technique dating from the Renaissance, to depict a dilapidated tract house amid an unkempt yard. Selecting wood veneers in a variety of grains and earthy desert tones, she embellishes the scene with details that suggest narratives relating to housing foreclosures and fears about border security. Security House taps into a long-standing romance with the American frontier, while also suggesting the persistence of boom-and-bust cycles that have historically characterized towns in the West.
Wood veneer, shellac
93 x 122 in. (236.2 x 309.9 cm)
a: 93 x 43 in. (236.2 x 109.2 cm)
b: 93 x 39 in. (236.2 x 99.1 cm)
c: 93 x 39 in. (236.2 x 99.1 cm) (show scale)
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Alison Elizabeth Taylor (American, born 1972). Security House, 2008-2010. Wood veneer, shellac, 93 x 122 in. (236.2 x 309.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Committee, 2013.29.2a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.29.2a-c_PS11.jpg)
overall, 2013.29.2a-c_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2022
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