These paintings are based on photographs of Airstream, Bowlus and Spartan polished aluminum trailers. Derived from aeronautical design, these mid-20th century companies built streamlined riveted aluminum shells evoking the golden age of flight for the new North American leisure travel industry.
Taralee Guild employs painting techniques to create an object-ground relationship similar to animal mimicry, where the trailer hides in its surroundings by mirroring it. Given the degree of distortion, the metallic surface becomes an arena of forms that slip away from recognition. It is a complicated pictorial space where abstraction exists within realism.
Taralee Guild received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University in 2010 after graduating with a Diploma in Art from the Victoria College of Art, Victoria BC, in 2005. Currently she is a full-time painter living and working in Vancouver, BC.