Where The Heart Is: Tommy Taylor

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May 2, 2014 - May 31, 2014

This series deals with a nearly forgotten self, like others, and the lost promise wherever our now nomadic generations go. Meager uncertain opportunities far away strain our relationships with family, friends, and lovers. Inevitably our sense of self in the world fades to the point where a home, if lucky enough to have had one in the past, becomes a fantasy one might forget to hope for. In this current situation everyone I care for seems to wonder ‘how much heart can we have without a home?’ and ‘where else could home be with these homeless hearts?’.

For some time now the best moments of my life have been when I forget myself. So I use a variety of different images from my experiences, paint them, scan them, print them, and paint them again to reflect on the world in that I might become a part of it. Through this, the people around me, and forgetting myself in the process I manage to feel more. The feeling of ‘connectedness’ plays an essential role in the human condition. Ironic, then, that another facet is the isolation we feel at different moments in our lives.   I require that my work is sincere, encourages thought, and keeps me happy. There’s something metaphorical about it all to be able to bear reality and its process of revision. Since my images turn in on themselves and show how incidentally I’ve adjusted the sacred things in my life I’m pressured to pursue and appreciate more. The unavoidable irreverence of a picture’s life today is similar to ourselves. Just as my practice could represent a continuum of significance and meaning, my own personal struggle to ‘belong’ is a comfort to me now because it allows me to experience an absence of self.

 -Tommy Taylor


Born in 1984 in Jackson, Tennessee, Tommy Taylor moved near Nashville and then to Knoxville  before moving to Iowa City then London and now Raleigh. While he continued to develop his work at Goldsmiths University, and acclimating to London life, he quickly traveled throughout Europe and Asia. 

Tommy has consistently used his life experiences along with different materials to reflect on the world through his eclectic imagery during which he is committed to an ongoing circuit of public reflection and intrapersonal meaning not only with his art but also with his books, teaching, and art community.

Tommy Taylor has work in collections along with a history of exhibitions in the USA and London as an emerging artist. While teaching part time at the University of Iowa he presented at AERC in Chicago but chooses for the moment to teach, work, and write in North Carolina.


*Also on exhibit in back gallery: Damian Stamer - Rummage

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