My name is Kerri-Ann Taggart and I am an artist. I do not follow a particular style of art or subject matter when creating my work, only what and how I feel at that particular moment in time. From detailed realism to simple emotive pieces my range reaches from one end of the arts spectrum to the other.
My art is an odd aptitude to describe; how I see it in my mind, how I feel when it emerges and becomes reality on a blank piece of paper or canvas. More importantly, how I emote to it, words being mere shadows of my true reflection.
My complex inner feelings may originate from my Aboriginality, my proud heritage which has its cultural roots in the Hunter Valley and my people, the Wanaruah, people of the hills and plains. We are dreamers and narrators of myths based on the creation of all things around us.
My latest project- and this still feels surreal- is my very first book illustration commission.
At first I needed to come to grips with this world Melanie and Rachel had created; in my mind enter it so I could create visually the distinctive and decisive characters depicted in the written work. Visuals young readers would immediately identify with.
Rough outlines of kings, queens, princesses, warriors, despots, and weird creatures. It was all there. Also colours to bring to life this fantasy world; blue, green, aqua, white and gold, the magical hues of Polaris. There were purple, pink, red, Oriental, Aboriginal, Indian themes, a slight medieval flare. I carried this throughout all the characters costumes and soon this magical world began to take on its own life form.
For the distinctive style of the illustrations, I deliberately made them sketchy, the not quite perfect look. I wanted guidelines to be seen, even smudges and fingerprints. Backgrounds looked worn and torn like old parchment, borders as if the book had been singed by fire.
Once the illustrations were cleaned and coloured I combined them with the completed text, but to my mind the pages still felt bland. I took this opportunity to use a Polaris theme to create a decorative border to evolve an original and modern fairytale book. Our fairytale.