The making of art is primarily about process; a mix of beliefs, aesthetic sensibility, access to and an expenditure of resources. It is a complex and mysterious happening that I do not fully comprehend. But I am aware of it. I can coax it along or get out of its way and let it happen. A painter takes a kind of formless thing and gives it form and makes a language with it, but a collage artist takes things that already exist in the world that already have stories, contexts and they use it in an associative way to create a new reality.
My latest collage series, “Going Back to Yesterday,” was created by cutting, pasting and rearranging images that were carefully extracted from the pages of LIFE magazines circa 1959 and 1940, respectively. It is an exploration of the past; a glimpse into our future that suggests an astringent reality.
I sit…listen...wait. And in the quiet, the stillness, I “hear.” The imagination is captured. An expressive impulse surfaces. Creativity transpires.
Janny Taylor is an award-winning, internationally shown artist. Her work has been featured in a multitude of galleries as well as museums, including MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, NYC), and the National Catholic Museum (NYC), and she has been published in numerous places; most notably the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun Times, and O-the Oprah Magazine.
Taylor is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed, best selling book “Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal” (Penguin publishing).
In addition, she is the co-founder of the Harlem Open Artists Studio Tour, NYC and the Arizona Collage Collective. Taylor studied with the renowned feminist artist, Anita Steckel, at The Art Students League and at Parsons School of Design both in New York City. She has been living and loving in the Sonoran Desert for over a decade.
Reviews, Juror, Interviews
Review: Collage Work by Lori Waxman, art critic, Chicago Tribune, for her 60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC project.
Review: Long-Suffering Female Artists by Beth Surdut, Journalist, for The Desert Leaf, pages 41 and 42.
Interview: ShoutOut Arizona, August 2021
Art Galleries to Museums:
Here, a list of the highlights, from art galleries to museums, where Janny Taylor's work has shown.
SAACA Exhibit at Roche Laboratories, Oro Valley, AZ - featured artist - 2022
Ceres Gallery, NYC, NY - HeartLines Continue - 2022
The Art of Planetary Science Exhibition, University of Arizona, Juried Competition "SpaceCruiser Sagittarius" 2022
Picturing 2020 - University of Arizona Museum of Art - "Daphne's Mask"
saaca - South Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Featured Artist, November 2020
Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center, Tucson, AZ
Represented by Retail, Cuchifritos, New York City, NY
Urban Earth Gallery, Corona Del Mar, California
La Superette, Deitch Projects, SoHo, NY and Participant Inc., Lower East Side, New York City, NY
Migraine Masterpieces, The John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL, Merit Award
Home & Garden, Studio Place Arts Gallery, Barre, Vermont
Manifestations II- Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, New York City, NY
Unforgettable- Berlin Kunstproject, Berlin (Kreuzberg), Germany
Glory Be!- Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio
Postcards from the Edge- Speronewestwater Gallery, Chelsea, New York City, NY
Mnemonic- LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY
Autobiographies- Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL, Best In Show
Bridal Helmets- Concourse Gallery @ the Art Student’s League, New York, NY, Best In Show
FiberArt- Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL,
Small Works Show - 80 Washington East Galleries, Greenwich Village, New York, NY, Honorable Mention
Lake County Discovery Museum, Illinois
Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York City , NY
National Catholic Museum – East Harlem, New York, NY
Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour, New York, NY
Crossing Eastern Parkway, Rongio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Gazpacho- Highland Cultural Center, Highland, NY
Faces/Phases, The Alternative Gallery Space, New York City, NY (Manhattan Borough Presidents Gallery)
The RoyGBiv Society, New York, NY
artHARLEM, H.O.A.S.T. (Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour)