Taylor Zarkades King is a studio artist and jeweler living and working in Richmond Virginia. Formally trained as a metalsmith her craft based practice sways between a jewelers bench and a studio that finds its form through larger configurations of wood, fiber, print and re contextualized objects. Through her use of coded material language and comedic mimicry she creates and choreographs strange but familiar objects into relational installations— each form hinting at another, deflecting a central gaze in favor of a horizon. Her current sculpture work focuses on nuanced orientations of queer kinship, gender, desire and home.
An important facet of her practice is a limited-edition collection of anodized aluminum jewelry with an affinity for asymmetry and distressed color. Each piece in this ongoing body of work is designed and hand fabricated into bold silhouettes that are uniquely lightweight.
King received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and a BFA from California College of Arts in 2010. She teaches inventive craft based workshops nationally and has exhibited in the US, Switzerland, Mexico, and China. She is currently the artist in residence with Quirk Gallery + VisArts Center in Richmond, VA. [June-November 2019]