"Image of a wireless 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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“Art is relaxing and makes me think to do things outside of my range. I am able to lose myself.”
Karen Veronica Taylor is a proud Los Angeles native. “I have lived in LA all my life. I am a native daughter, as my mom says.” 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 attended, and 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 now attends the art program at United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles (UCPLA) Washington Place five days a week where the instructors encourage 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.’”
Karen expresses that she faces challenges when making her art, such as being able to easily get around or use her hands due to arthritis and fatigue. However, she stays optimistic: “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 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. She has filled her portfolio with mostly representational pieces with her own expressionistic elements. Her participation in UCPLA, and in ArtLifting, is paramount to her. “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. ... I’m not just a person in a wheelchair. I do have thoughts and feelings.”
ArtLifting empowers artists impacted by homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork. Learn more here.