“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.”
These quotes briefly sum up my philosophy as an artist.
I began my visual dialogue with life and art as a child. Picasso said that ‘the artist must become a child’ in order to create. As a mature artist—still evolving, I see my art as experiential and collaborative. I’ve always been a narrative artist and my work is about my experience as an African American female artist. It is very personal, yet the truths revealed are universal. I want the viewer to make a connection with their own life when they encounter my art. That is my intention as an artist. The work tells a story, but is evocative as well as provocative.
I have used the symbol of the dress with arms akimbo at times, outstretched, and at rest. The dress/garment becomes a metaphor, a vessel to be filled and entered. Collage is also part of my visual vocabulary. My interest in botanical illustration of flora and fauna, birds and insects have held a fascination for me. My 'Exotica Botanica' series has coupled the photographic images of the Omo people of the Surma, and Mursi tribes of Africa, and how they incorporate plants of their environment with self decoration. I've juxtaposed this seemingly 'natural' non western cultural practice with the practice of a European botanical illustration tradition.
Over the years there have been inspired visual dialogues with artists like Henri Matisse, Romare Bearden, Vermeer, and Bettye Saar. I also have the history of art and culture as my pallet for inspiration. I use collage, mixed media, sculptural elements, site-specific installations, acrylic and oil painting as my modes of expression, ultimately mining and sharing the geography of my soul as an artist. For me there is a well-spring of imagination, inspiration and creativity.
I was born in Ann Arbor Michigan to wonderful hard working parents, Ethel May Taylor and Dempsey Taylor, Jr., now both deceased. They indulged me where they could and always supported their art inspired little girl. Always, their love and devotion buoyed me through adolescence, adulthood, motherhood, divorce and so much more.
As I grow older these life experiences become a bounty of inspiration.