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ARTIS T SPOTLIGHT

TAYLOR MORRIS Written by Caleb Flachman Photographed by Lindsay Higgins

Taylor has spread her laptop, sketchbooks, and watercolors across a drafting table in Rainey 160, the drawing studio where she spends much of her time. She holds a cup of coffee tightly between two hands, preparing for another late night. But she doesn’t complain. “Drawing is fun,” she says more than once. “Most artists hate drawing people, but I love it.” She flips through sketchbooks filled with portraits and frame-by-frame studies of twirling figure skaters. She shows me sketches of buildings in Spartanburg and Anderson, places where she has lived. She has also created digital renderings of buildings of architectural and historic significance, such as the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. The colorful illustrations recount the disappearance of Elisa Lam, whose body was later found in the water tank on top of the building. Everything Taylor creates is meant to capture and communicate her interest in the personal and the public in a way that others can understand. “I really love sharing weird experiences with others,” she says. “Hopefully my art can give those people those experiences.” She talks about her fascination with surreal and dreamlike experiences. “Basically to me it’s those moments where you’re in eerie spaces that have you holding your breath in anticipation for something that never really comes,” she explains. “The spaces when you have some preconceived notion for what those spaces should be, but those notions don’t quite match up. It’s a very abstract feeling that I’m trying to express visually, which has been my biggest challenge.” Recently, this attention to the liminal provided the groundwork for a series of mixed-media portraits. Digitally layered underneath changing shadow formations, the pieces are meant to demonstrate the subjective nature of individual perception. Taylor grew up in Spartanburg, where she discovered an early interest in painting and drawing. She says neither of her parents is particularly artistic, but they enrolled her in art classes that helped foster her abilities: “My dad is really big on finding out what each of our gifts are, mine and my siblings, and pushing us towards that.” Art, however, remained only a hobby until

Profile for Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art — Vol 93  

The Ivy Leaves Journal of Literature & Art is an annual student publication at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. The journal has served a...

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