Rio Aubry Taylor is a multidisciplinary cartooner specializing in abstracted narrative and experimental comics. Xe possesses an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (CSS) and critics have referred to xir as “the trippiest of the CCS cartoonists”. Xir work has been published by the Swedish Comics Association and The National Cartoonists Society, among others. Taylor’s work has been featured alongside such comics luminaries as Alison Bechdel, Lynda Barry, and Art Spiegelman. Xir current long-form project, JETTY, is an ongoing work of brutal psychedelia focusing on transgender issues through an intersectional feminist lens. https://www.patreon.com/jettycomics
A Cat-like Whimsy consists of mixed media drawings on repurposed materials that reflect the whimsical interests and core aspects of the artist’s personality. As a trans-identified Latina person, the pre-Columbian influence is evident in the work and highlights the connection to Taylor’s heritage and attitudes on gender.
A Cat-like Whimsy will be on display from Friday, July 21- Saturday August 12. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a special artist’s talk at 7 p.m. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make and Take.
Here’s a note from the artist about the artist’s talk:
During the reception I’ll be giving an artist’s talk at 7pm: YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
I’ll be talking about my experiences making the approximately fifty (50) pieces that will be on display, many of which have never been seen before. Talking points include: the robotic cat community; speed drawing; my own personal work ethic; what it’s like being a trans artist; plans for a future speaking tour; the “Carrboro” experience, the importance of friendship; other gay stuff. Please tell and/or bring your friends.