Sally Taylor and Consenses


Festival of the Senses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tishman Commons

Wellesley Opening: November 17, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
On View to Wellesley community and the general public: November 18-25

weekdays 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
weekends 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Consenses' founder, Sally Taylor, has engaged artists from around the world, of every medium and genre, and brought them together by asking them to interpret one another's artwork in the vein of a game of "Telephone" and express it in their own medium. For example: a musician interprets a photo, a dance interprets their song, a painter interprets the dance, a perfumer interprets the painting, a poet interprets the perfume, and so on…until all five senses are represented.

None of the artists are privy to the identities of the other participants so that they are not influenced by what they know of the styles of the other well-known artists. Consenses has enlisted more than 140 artists from 23 countries, representing a variety of disciplines. Included are James Taylor, Carly Simon, John Huba, Jimmy Buffet, Honor Moore, Jennifer Nettles, Patrick Corbin, and many more.

Each project results in a chain of work, and 22 chains have been created.  Eight were interpreted by Boston-based set designers who constructed individual showcases for the Consenses exhibition. A ninth chain, featuring the music of Ben Taylor and photograph by Janet Woodcock, will be created by the Wellesley College Theatre Department and will debut at the opening of the November installation. There are 13 additional Chains that are viewable on tablets as video compilations throughout the exhibition.

About Sally

Sally Taylor is an artist and musician. In 1998, reluctant to sign to a major record label, she formed her own, ambitiously producing and recording three albums (Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S & Shotgun). She and a 5-piece band toured 180 days of the year. She thrived on the production elements of running a label and the creative elements of writing, recording, and performing. When she retired from the road at age 30 she moved to Boston and began teaching music. She is currently taking time off from The Berklee College of Music to work exclusively on Consenses. In this effort she is dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception.

Consenses Workshops

All workshops will be conducted in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, in the rooms noted. Wellesley students may attend at no charge with preregistration; please email Holly Kapinos to reserve your space. Other guests may purchase workshop tickets at

10:00, Room 104: Silence Speaks with singer/songwriter Kori Withers

11:00 am, Room 413: Not Just Another Pretty Picture with photographer Michael Zide

2:00 pm, Room 413: Word & Pictures with quilt designer Fae Kontje Gibbs

3:00 pm, Room 413: Movement, Mark-Making & Mindfulness with sculptor Kim Bernard

7:30 pm, Room 413: Seeing Through New Eyes with actress Eliza Ryan