One of the region’s most cherishable artists with a permanent space at Dean Clough; Ian C. Taylor (b. Derby 1945) works largely with ‘found objects’ and has devoted his latest exhibition to the Edwardian satirical writer H. H. Munro…
The archetypal story by ‘Saki’ (H.H. Munro’s pen-name) pitches a nature-red-in-tooth-and-claw against a society-with-silver-spoon-in-mouth... and the latter seldom wins.
“The cover of Saki’s collected stories shows him looking effete, but that’s a joke,” says Ian C. Taylor. “The mischief in his stories is what I like; and, of course, the animals”.
It’s easy to see how Saki chimes with Ian’s blithe mix of skill, trite mundanity, intelligence and humour. But, given that Ian’s work normally has more points than Kings Cross Station, which stories should we read to prepare for the show?
“Tobermory is the key one,” he says. “And the one about the hyena...”
Ah. That would be ‘Esmé’. You might want to read ‘Sredni Vashtar’ too…