An Installation of 366 Hand-Painted Ceramic Tiles
by Cozad “Terry” Taylor, artist and former leader of Interfaith Paths to Peace
Experience the creation of Cozad’s final tile at 5:00pm. Stay for a reception and enjoy viewing a year's-worth of spiritual artwork. FREE! All are welcome.
On September 1, 2015, Cozad “Terry” Taylor began keeping a year-long, visual journal of his daily spiritual journey. To mark each of the 366 days in the leap year spanning September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016, Cozad painted a white ceramic tile measuring 6 inches by 6 inches. He decorated the tiles with red, blue, and yellow alcohol inks, and he manipulated the ink with a variety of tools. A photograph was taken of each of the tiles, and the resulting images posted in a public album on the Cozad Terry Taylor Facebook page.
In speaking of the technique used in decorating the tiles, Cozad says, “The process is much like the spiritual journey itself: a conversation with the unknowable. Whatever I intend to do creatively is literally responded to by the tile and inks, which seemed to have minds of their own. (I am reminded of the aphorism that if you want to make God laugh, tell God your plans.) The back and forth interaction between my spirit and the creative impulse of tile and ink feels like a Buddhist pilgrimage.”
Each of the tiles will be exhibited with the date on which it was created. Choose one you like to mark a birthdate, significant memory or anniversary for a loved one or yourself!
These unique and beautiful tiles are available for purchase for $10. Half of all proceeds benefit the mission of Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion. For further information, please email DrepungGomangCompassion@gmail.com or call the center at 502-614-5616. Cozad Taylor earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from the University of Alabama. He is the retired Executive Director of Interfaith Paths to Peace.