TAYLOR NEAL

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Biography:

A Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, writer, yoga instructor and women's advocacy support worker, Taylor strives to gain deeper understandings of the endless complexity that is human experience, through translating the rawness of life into the realm of the tangible via art both verbal and visual. Practically, Taylor combines their background in dance and performance, their passion for the written word, and their curiosity within contemporary visual art and photography, with their studies in Communications, Art History, Feminist Theory, Design for Theatre and Fashion Design. Their cumulative artistic, somatic, and literary practice comes together as a holistic exploration of identity, movement, sexuality, and how the embodied subject navigates space and the natural world.

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Creative Process:

There is a sensuality to be found in every moment, in everything we do. As humans, we experience the world through the senses, as this is the only way we can have contact with anything outside of our inner worlds; therefore, we are innately sensual beings. Often, however, in the world we live in, we move too quickly and spend too much time in our heads and our minds, forgetting to live in our bodies enough to feel connected and present in the movements we make that end up telling the story of our lives, forgetting to tap into our sensuality. With my art, I strive to slow this journey down. I strive to capture these moments, the raw, natural, organic everyday moments created as humans live life, and translate them through photography that allows viewers to reconnect with their bodies and sensuality.

Shooting analog photography, my primary medium of choice, allows me to capture the delicate ephemerality of life being lived in real-time through light. Analog is intimate, delicate, and demands intention and focus. The outcome exists at the mercy of the photographer's hands, and in this way, is subject to human imperfection, holding here the most virtuous of beauty. Light is the thing that enables the sense that allows us to experience art. Light captured, a moment frozen, senses activated, my cumulative artistic practice comes together as a holistic exploration of identity, movement, sexuality, and how the embodied subject navigates space and the natural world. 

Photography by Taylor Neal