Today we’d like to introduce you to Dianna Taylor.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am an artist born and raised in Tucson. I have my BFA in painting from the University of Arizona and had the honor of getting the Outstanding Senior of the Year award in 2008. I have always had a job in art in one way or another. I framed space art for my friend’s family company in high school, was a freelance photographer in undergrad, worked at the Arizona state museum and worked as a visual merchandiser at Bookmans for about seven years making window displays. My favorite window display was probably the Never-ending Story one, where I sculpted Falkor out of trash that we had in the attic of the store. I had a studio at an artist co-operative called the Sculpture Resource Center and helped put on gallery shows and events such as the Tucson Erotica and the Tucson Sculpture Fest for the past three years.
I have been working as an art teacher at a local charter school for the past five years. Teaching has been a great way for me to challenge myself artistically and keep my imagination loose, kids always help with that. Recently I decided to go back to school and get my MA in Arts and Visual Culture Education and will have it completed by next spring.
Currently I am working on setting up a printing studio, my new passion is the process of letterpress.
Please tell us about your art.
For the most part I am a painter, that is what I excel at technically, but lately I have been throwing myself into printmaking. I am a very sentimental and make things that are personal, intuitive, emotional and nostalgic. I am inspired by my friends, my family’s historical background, books that I have read, the children I teach, my community and my animals.
In my recent works, I have been creating prints, paintings and sculptures that run along the vein of the esoteric and collective knowledge. I have been exploring time, dimensions, dreams and nature by a means of repetition with the process of relief prints and letterpress methods. My prints and paintings read like spells, rituals and ceremony. I have been tracing my family lineage and role in Brujería and in doing so am evoking the knowledge and memory of those in my family who have passed.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success for me is producing. If I can make something in spite of everything else that keeps blocking the way of that then I am having a good day. Sacrifice is definitely essential to be successful as an artist. You sacrifice time, money, comfort, or a myriad of other important things in order to be able to create.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently I am sharing my work on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and on my website diannataylor.com. I have a solo exhibition planned at the Sculpture Resource Center in Tucson next spring.
- Website: diannataylor.com
- Phone: 5204442851
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/diamantaylor
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dianna-Taylor-Art-322513456247/
Artwork Copyright Dianna Taylor Art 2018.