A_Total Fabrication

Taryn Sheppard’s work explores architecture and the perception of space in the context of digital culture. She is interested in the subliminal influence of the digital on our perception of space and uses digital-to-analog processes to explore this relationship.  Her work includes oil paintings based on computer rendering, robotic drawing, ceramic printing and other digital fabrication techniques.  

Taryn Sheppard’s thesis work ‘A_Total Fabrication’ explores the deeper meaning of the formal language of architecture and its’ effect on the perception of our built environment.  This installation looks at the visual language of postmodern institutional architecture and recontextualizes elements like volume, texture, and material into a surreal ‘room’. These architectural elements have been put through a process of mediation from digital to analog which highlights the faultiness of memory and creates questions about our perception of reality in the context of digital culture. 

The installation is composed of three elements:

  • ‘A Total Fabrication’ (Painting), 80″x48″, Oil on Wood Panel, 2020. 
  • ‘Glass Blocks’, Approx. 10’x10’x8′, Ink on Vellum, 2020. 
  • ‘Pink Granite’, Approx. 12’x20′, Found Nylon Carpet, Acrylic.

Other Works


Below: Exhibition of work as part of ‘KAIROS’ Interim Graduate show at Micheal O’Brien Exhibition Commons, September 2019.

  1. A Space Modelled From Memory One, 48″ x 48″ Oil on Wood Panel, 2019.
  2. A Space Modelled From Memory Two, 48″ x 48″ Oil on Wood Panel, 2019.
  3. A Space Modelled From Memory Three, 60″ x 60″ Oil on Wood Panel, 2019.
  4. Porcelain House, 3D Printed Porcelain, 2019.


Below Left: ‘Hollow’, 36″ x 48″, Oil on Wood Panel, 2019.

Below Right: ‘Threshold’, 80″ x 58″, Watercolour Ink on Paper, 2019.


Taryn Sheppard is a Vancouver based artist and architect.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Master in Architecture, ‘10) and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (Bachelor of Fine Arts, ‘05). 

She is a cofounder of Woodford Sheppard Architecture based in her home province of Newfoundland & Labrador, who have completed numerous award winning projects in the coastal Atlantic region and have been published in international magazines including Dezeen and The Globe and Mail Arts. 

Taryn has contributed critical writing on the built environment to a variety of publications including Canadian Architect, Riddle Fence Arts Journal and The Scope Arts Magazine.  She has been a guest lecturer at a variety of conferences and universities and an advising member on a variety of boards and associations in Canada, including the Canada Council For the Arts, the Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Architects and the City of St. John’s Heritage Advisory Board. 

Taryn is currently establishing her studio practice in Vancouver with a research focus on architecture and digital culture, and is conducting research in digital fabrication with the Material Matters Research Centre at ECUAD.