"Image of a Rotary phone. From the 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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Los Angeles, CA
“Art is relaxing and makes me think to do things outside of my range. I am able to lose myself.”
Karen Veronica Taylor was born September 21, 1957, in Los Angeles California. “I live in LA, all my life. I am a native daughter as my mom says.” I attend UCPLA Washington Place five days a week where I am encouraged by my instructor’s to expand upon my vision of art’s past, future, and the present. “It got me to wonder what else is in the world and the art world. The potential of the world. When I go around the city, I see things and I think ‘oh, I can do that at Washington Place.”
What has been life challenges is dealing with getting around. In the 70s, when Karen was young, ADA had just started and West LA was just becoming accessible which allow for her to be able to get around and go to college. She attended West LA College, in Culver City. “Everyone thought that I wouldn’t be able to get AA degree but I did. Karen has a combination degree in sociology, psychology, and computer.”
The challenges that she faces regarding making her art is that not being able to easily get around or easily being able to use her hands. She sometimes will have arthritis that sometimes acts up more than other times. Some days she just has to rest a little more, or maybe work a little harder. She doesn’t get too upset about it. “Just like everyone else, we have our good days and bad days. I just push through just like everyone else.”
When she makes art her mind goes to places that she would not normally think of or travel to. “I like to travel. And it’s surprising what I come up with.” Through her artwork, she creates worlds in which she wishes she could participate in. She defines her style by mostly representational pieces, with her own expressionistic elements. “Getting my thoughts and vision out into the public makes me happy. People want to see my art for my art, not just because I'm in a certain program. Through her art Karen wants people to be able to see her as “I’m not just a person in a wheelchair. I do have thoughts and feeling.”
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