Sam Taylor Wood is internationally renowned for her multi disciplinary career as filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. Her approach is to make photographs and films that examine, through highly charged scenarios, our shared social and psychological conditions. Interested in the split between being and appearance, Taylor-Wood often places her human subjects – either alone or in groups – in situations where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict.
Escape Artist (Green and Red) comes from a series of photographs by Taylor-Wood exploring the relationship between her own body and space. In this photograph, she appears to be suspended above wooden floorboards by two colourful balloons. The bold colours of the balloons contrast with the vulnerable gure of Taylor-Wood – slumped, face hidden and dressed only in her underwear.
Sam Taylor Wood has had numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale in 1997 and The Turner Prize 1998. Solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zurich, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Hayward Gallery, London, State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, MCA, Moscow, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.