Taylor Zarkades King
Taylor Zarkades King is a multidisciplinary artist and jeweler originally from Seattle Washington. 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, textile, print, & re contextualized objects. At the bench her material considerations place emphasis on innovative strategies of reuse, favoring process and the labor of transformation over raw material value. Her current of limited-edition / one-of-a-kind wearables are made of re purposed aluminum and wood offcuts collected from neighboring wood shops. Made with an awkward sense of humor, her work has an affinity for everyday contradictions, asymmetry, and murky weathered color.
King received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and a BFA from California College of Arts in 2010. She served as Chair of the Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee 2018-19, and has taught inventive jewelry workshops nationally. Her work has exhibited in the US, Switzerland, Mexico, and China. She is currently the artist in residence with Quirk Gallery + VisArts Center in Richmond, VA.