“She has depicted streaming data, musical notes, railroad tracks, engine steam, and even the power of energy rising and transforming in shape.”
Talley comes to the art world through her longtime work with her father and her deep interest in science and the natural world. Her sculpture often suggests themes from nature, such as birds in flight, soaring clouds, or flowing rivers, floating leaves, and stars. Then again, her imagery can be industrial and futuristic, revealing her scientific interests. In a number of sculptures, she has depicted streaming data, musical notes, railroad tracks, engine steam, and even the power of energy rising and transforming in shape.
In an interesting contrast, the materials and technologies she uses to render the natural concepts include high-tech computer modeling, custom laser cut perforated aluminum, anodizing and powder coating, polished ball chain, and stainless steel hardware and structural members. This contrast, in which narrative natural forms are rendered in industrial materials and technologies, opens these large-scale artworks to many other interpretations, with each visitor often seeing something differently from other viewers.
“More than just static objects, these suspended sculptures evoke optimism, inspire curiosity, engage and enliven the experience of the visitor to the space.”
Although these sculptures are powerful objects visually, the individual elements are quite transparent and lightweight, a significant point when it comes to weight distribution on ceilings. Fascinating moiré patterns are seen when the perforated elements overlap, giving the illusion of movement. The material can be powder coated in brilliant colors or anodized in metal finishes of gold, silver, and copper.
Her work, especially those created for public places, is strong and uplifting. More than just static objects, these suspended sculptures evoke optimism, inspire curiosity, engage and enliven the experience of the visitor to the space. These effects on viewers are extremely rewarding to her as an artist.