View from the deck: Sue Jane Taylor

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Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen, AB11 5BY

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Taylor makes her art through direct observation, whether from the pitching deck of a supply ship or in the shelter of the construction workers’ tearoom. In her hands machinery takes on sculptural qualities, becoming artwork in its own right. Her deep interest in people is clear in the images she creates, giving a human face to these industries which have had such a profound effect on people, the land and the sea. 


'View From the Deck' gives us a unique insight into offshore activity through three recurring themes in Taylor’s work: seascapes, machines and memories. Her images are displayed alongside a selection of works by artists who have inspired her, including Käthe Kollwitz, the stories of people involved with the rapidly-changing offshore industries, and objects used by them in their daily work. These stories and objects have been contributed by offshore workers and will help inspire future displays at the Maritime Museum.

If you have a story or object you'd like to share with us please get in touch at:

The Age of Oil exhibition continues until 8 July

Sir Duncan Rice Library University of Aberdeen.

Admission free. For visiting information go to

Age of Oil developed in association with

National Museums Scotland


Image: Offshore Worker, Figure Standing (detail) 

© Sue Jane Taylor, 2006

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