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    • Tayo Heuser
    • Bipartitus 2015
    • inks on hand burnished paper: 42 x 41 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Omphalos 2016
    • inks on hand burnished paper: 42 x 41 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Foramen 2016
    • inks on hand burnished paper: 42 x 41.5 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Yellow Light 2016
    • inks on hand burnished paper: 42 x 41.5 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Aurora of Messengers 2014
    • ink on burnished paper: 80 x 40 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Altair 2013
    • inks on burnished paper: 80 x 39 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Mintaka 2013
    • inks on burnished paper: 83.25 x 40.25 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Nomad 2012
    • inks on hand burnished paper: 56 x 41 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Bounce 2016
    • inks on burnished paper: 10.25 x 7 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Subsistence 2016
    • inks on burnished paper: 10.25 x 7 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Appoline 2016
    • inks on burnished paper: 10.25 x 7 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Blueshift 2016
    • inks on burnished paper: 10.25 x 7 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Slide 2016
    • inks on burnished paper: 10.25 x 7 inches
    • Tayo Heuser
    • Menology 2016
    • inks on burnished paper: 10.25 x 7 inches
    • Installation detail, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
    • Flesh 2009
    • handmade and tinted abaca paper, acrylic, ink: 60 x 40 x 9 inches
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Tayo Heuser

American, b. 1958

Tayo Heuser’s recent work with ink washes of siena and burgundy provide the subtle ground on top of which delicate circles float and hover. Natural pigments and colors from the earth are used throughout the work which adds to the glowing light. Though the earthy tones in the work suggest soil and rock, the title  of one such work, Altair, is derived from the Arab an-nasr aṭ-ṭā’ir or “flying eagle.” Altair is one of the brightest stars visible to the naked eye and lies in the constellation Aquila. Other work includes a drawing with ropes set in a celestial background that Heuser has titled Astrolabe, an instrument historically used  by astronomers to locate and predict the positions of the Sun, Moon Stars and Planets. In the Islamic world Astrolabes were used for Qibla to calculate the direction that Muslims should face during prayers. In this drawing the ropes  represent renewal of ideas, dreams and knowledge.

In her work for The Phillips Collection (2009-10),  Tayo Heuser showcased her fascination with handmade paper and the process of drawing. A collective cross between drawing, handmade paper, painting and sculpture, the work is layered with colored abaca and linen papers and then layered again with drawing and stenciled papers.  The overall effect is a living, breathing drawing.  Heuser brings her exquisite drawing ability to the fore along in this elegant work.

Tayo Heuser has exhibited her work internationally in Brussels, New York and  Washington, DC. Heuser’s work was on view at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC (November 19, 2009 through October 31, 2010). The exhibition, curated by Vesela Sretenovic, Curator of Contemporary Art, was shown within the context of the “Intersections” exhibition series at the museum. The title of Heuser’s exhibition, Pulse, represented her direct response to the Mark Rothko paintings in The Phillips Collection.

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