Tender Presence | Taylor Zarkades King

Taylor Zarkades King (she/her) received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and a BFA from California College of Arts in 2010. She was a 2013 artist in residence with EDITIONBasel at Druckwerks [Basel Switzerland] and the 2019 artist in residence with Quirk Gallery + VisArts Center [Richmond, VA].  She is a participating artist of Radical Jewelry Makeover’s RJM Artist Project, and a Jewelry Edition Vol. 5 Alumni. King teaches inventive studio workshops nationally and has exhibited in the US, Switzerland, Mexico, and China.


More than that – just something.
Floral bedsheet, rope, nylon thread, wallpaper, cherry
42H x 36W inches

Taylor Zarkades King is a studio artist and jeweler living and working in Western Massachusetts. Formally trained as a metalsmith her craft-based practice sways between a jeweler’s bench and a studio that finds its form through larger configurations of wood, fiber, print, and re-contextualized objects. Through her use of coded material language and comedic mimicry she creates and choreographs strange but familiar objects into relational installations— each form hinting at another, deflecting a central gaze in favor of a horizon. Her current sculpture work focuses on nuanced orientations of queer kinship, gender, desire, and home.

Nerves – ways through.
Walnut, nylon cord, glass beads, woven cotton cord
18H x 3W x 2D inches

Part of holding.
Denim, wool, nylon thread, upholstery foam, aluminum grommets, paracord, cast bronze, brass
72H x 28W x 9.5D inches

Floral bedsheet, nylon thread, brass, cherry, walnut, birch, anodized aluminum, .925 silver
11.5H x 9W x 5.75D inches

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