Taylor O. Thomas
Born in Birmingham, AL, 1990
Taylor O. Thomas is a mixed-media artist, producing abstract paintings and drawings in Tampa, FL, and exhibiting in galleries and private collections across the United States. Since graduating from Davidson College with a BA in Studio Art, Thomas has pursued art as an aesthetic inquiry and a venue for community dialogue. She is inspired by anticipation, not only of what she will be learn by creating, but what viewers will receive from (and add to) a work while opening themselves to its image. Thomas views her paintings as evolving stories, noting, “my layered materials are beginnings, not ends. Mark-making and manipulating media is my mental, spiritual, and physical confrontation of hopes and issues—whether they are deeply personal or widely shared.
“My aim is to produce work that warrants a pause and allows me, with others, to grapple with the depths that withstand our limitations. And my hope is to rest, to take joy, and to uphold authenticity in that process of seeing. The first poem I ever jotted down on this site still illuminates the heart of who I am, what I’m after, and how my work ushers me forward…”
I am currently surrounded by systems
of all kinds. drawn kindly
and yet unable to grasp the lines
that gave me shape. thinning
out the pools of darkness—in her shrouds—
I am after
the light. dwelling
here, yet moving toward
familiar and not.