In 1984, a young artist with orange punk hair was invited to join the crew of a cargo vessel supplying North Sea installations. Wild seas and force 9 gales would have sent most people back to land for good, but for Sue Jane Taylor a passion was born. For the next ten years she dedicated herself to creating a visual record of the lives and workplaces of Scotland's oil workers. She visited construction yards, oil terminals and offshore facilities, capturing the gritty, harsh conditions of the industry in her sketches, paintings and sculptures. In 1987 she stayed on the Piper Alpha Platform, not long before the explosion which killed 167 workers - changing the face of the oil industry for ever. Through her diaries and images she recalls the evocative days of the black gold. Above all she celebrates the individuals she met, the men far from home and those that died on Piper Alpha.In 2004 she was invited offshore by the new owners of the Piper field, Talisman Energy. Seventeen years after her first visit she describes life on the new platform, Piper Bravo, and finds many changes. This is a remarkable visual and social commentary on a crucial development period in North Sea oil.
Taylor's observations are augmented by factual descriptions of the sites by Ronnie McDonald (the founder of the industry's first off-shore union, OILC) and 400 illustrations. The book also included a critical introduction to her work by Giles Sutherland.
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Author Biography - Sue Jane Taylor
Sue Jane Taylor was brought up in the Black Isle and studied Fine Art at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, the Slade School, London and Konsthogskolan, Stockholm. She has worked regularly with James Macmillan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has exhibited at the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh and has held residencies at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, U.I.E Shipyard, Clydebank and Armidale Gallery and Museum, NSW, Australia. Giles Sutherland is a freelance writer and critic. He has previously written Explorations in Wood (1993) and Passionate Paint: the Art of Lys Hansen (1998). He edited With the Grain: An Appreciation of Tim Stead (2005) and contributed to Moderation Be Damned, a study of the life and work of Edith Simon (2005).