Brett J. Taylor
Brett J. Taylor
Bio: Brett J. Taylor is an artist and art educator from South Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing his Master of Studio Art in Printmaking from The Ohio State University. Taylor’s artistic practice is an embodied transdisciplinary investigation into the continuous construction of the body and being through lenses of queerness, masculinity, and ability. Brett has shown work in galleries, hospitals, and museums both nationally and internationally worked in multiple print shops, and attended residencies including Chautauqua Visual Arts in 2019.
Artist Statement: “Queer” can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances, and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone’s gender, of anyone’s sexuality aren’t made (or cant be made) to signify monolithically” – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
I employ this particular understanding of Queerness in order to negate the binaries and engage instead with the spectrum of possibilities both in between and outside of binary constructs. Queer theory encourages a limitless possibility of options beyond the defined. Once defined, queerness is no longer present. Queerness recognizes the possibilities outside of the norm, acknowledging difference and an intersectional multiplicity to the human experience. Queerness in relationship with Crip Theory, the denial and disruption of the binary of able bodied and disabled to include a spectrum of ability, acknowledges that we are all in a constant state of becoming. Queer and Crip thinking challenges static definitions of who we are and who we could be, destabilizing normative constructs.