I seek empathy with the subject, using physical touch to depict
feelings that surge throughout the subject's body, while emphasising that we're all human.
- Growing up, I have been increasingly exposed to the true nature of society. It’s full of stigmas, discrimination, prejudice, stereotypes and scepticism, to name only a few of the unjust components of modern-day civilisation. Daily, by choice or by necessity, people put on a mask and play a role. My Artwork is about letting go of this mask, standing by honest emotions and expressing inner feelings using colour, gesture and distortion of facial features. I seek to empathise with the subject, to relate deeply to the mood of the painting, and also for others to relate deeply to the mood of the painting; when this happens, I know my message is received. I depict the physical touch of hand to face to emphasise a feeling which either flows or surges (or anywhere inbetween) throughout the body, and the effect it can take on one's emotional and physical self.
- My love for learning from other artists has led me to be greatly influenced by Jenny Saville with the striking, sometimes brutal nature of her portraits, and Freud with the subtle yet curious use of colour in his, and I always seem to have Paula Rego’s work in mind when thinking of ways to express beauty alongside slight discomfort. All of which can be hinted at in the progression of my work.
My work is a big part of me; I have a big heart and an even bigger ache for peace and acceptance worldwide. Through my paintings, I am able to call for more empathy and compassion throughout the world, and for the simple fact that we are all humans to be heard, and I mean really heard.
Voirrey Taylor is currently a BFA student of Fine Art at the University of Tulsa. She takes her inspiration from the empathy and compassion, or lack there of, that she sees in the world, and aims to increase conversation of the two through her work. Spreading peace and love is her ultimate goal, and she cannot remember a time in her life when this was not the case.