Red Snow (1997)
About this artwork
Like much of Taylor-Wood’s work, ‘Red Snow’ presents a dysfunctional narrative, in which the viewer is encouraged to link two possibly unrelated images. The print was originally made as a double-page spread for a magazine published to coincide with the exhibition ‘Spellbound: Art and Film’, at the Hayward Gallery, London. It was one of a series of images relating to the cinema, which were commissioned for the magazine. This work is from a portfolio of prints by eleven different London-based artists, called ‘Screen’. The title is taken from the screenprint technique but also refers to the fact that most of the artists had worked with film or photography.
Sam Taylor-Wood works with photography and film. Much of her art explores human emotions and the boundaries between private and public lives, from intimate, personal moments to emotional dramas. Her piece ‘Brontosaurus’ of 1995 is a slowed-down film of a naked man dancing alone in his bedroom. Other works have shown people arguing and crying. More recently she has used celebrities as her subject matter, such as ‘David’, her video portrait of a sleeping David Beckham. Taylor-Wood was born in London and studied at Goldsmith College. She was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1998.