"First Phone made by Alexander Graham Bell. From a series of 'PHONES,' I wanted to show how we communicated back in the day. This is made in the Photoshop program."
- Karen Veronica Taylor
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“Art is relaxing and makes me think to do things outside of my range. I am able to lose myself.”
Karen was a proud member of the ArtLifting community until her passing in late 2021.
Karen Veronica Taylor was a versatile visual artist whose point of view embraces history and nostalgia as much as it did pop culture. Taylor utilized and created iconic imagery in a variety of mediums, including elaborate pencil drawings, bright marker and prisma illustrations, and digital photo editing.
She is known extensively for her series of phone devices, a subject that she continued to revisit time and again. Taylor’s sense of placement and design is bold and eye-catching. Each unique piece of work that Taylor creates is a visual vignette of the narrative of her life. The volume and moxie with which she lived translates into the soulful images she produces, at once celebrating modernity while paying homage to the history and evolution behind it all. Taylor worked with her hands for most of her artistic career; however, she taught herself to use an adaptive head tool to continue her work when she experienced increasing issues with motor control of her hands over the last few years.
In the 70s, when Karen was young, the Americans with Disabilities Act had just launched. West LA was becoming more accessible, which allowed Karen to be able to get around and go to college. She graduated from West Los Angeles College in Culver City. “Everyone thought that I wouldn’t be able to get a degree but I did.” Karen has a combined degree in sociology, psychology, and computer science.
She attended the art program at Momentum Creative, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles (UCPLA) Washington Place, where the instructors encouraged her to expand upon her vision of art’s past, present, and future. “It got me to wonder what else is in the world and the art world. When I go around the city, I see things and I think ‘oh, I can do that at Washington Place.’”
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