How does life seem to you? Is it what you expected in your adolescence? I believe that most of us haven't been aware of the "life tricks" that await us. Some of us haven't been prepared for it, wrapped in the protecting arms of our family. But there is no time left for the mourning of what would happen if things were different. We have to accept that roses have thorns. On the brightest day we have to walk in puddles of yesterday's rain. And we need to learn to collect our best memories and merge them with our worst because that's how life is. Without the filter, without the "best angle" view.
And that's where the beauty of art comes. It's power to say it all, to connect with us, to give us a sense of understanding. That's why we decided to talk with Glen Martin Taylor and get to know him and his art better.
Where are you from? Where does the art journey start for you?
I'm from Ohio, USA. I've known I was an artist since I was ten years old.
What is the first emotion that drives you towards creating an art piece? Do you recognize the connection immediately and let yourself flow on the creative process? Or do you "bake" the inspiration for some time?
Anger, unfortunately, or frustration, with being a person on this silly planet. My process, it's art therapy, from childhood wounds, from adulthood wounds. I'm always baking, creating in my head/heart.
What is the back story of your design? Because every one of us sees the world through separate lenses. How hard it must be to transfer it to other people?
Back story? It's the dilemma of being a human being. It's hard. I want to share my struggle with that dilemma, the search for sanity and wholeness, and when I connect with someone, maybe make them feel good for a while, it helps me.
When it comes to making a living from your art, what are the main struggles? And what would be your advice for starting artists?
Money or living? If you want to feel alive, make art from inside your truth, your heart, that's the only choice, leap and a net will appear. And work. work all the time. I don't know anything about money.
What do you prefer, single pieces or storytelling through a whole project? And what approach do you use in each case?
All my work is a narrative of myself, a self-portrait. Separate or in pieces, it's all me.
Why do you use certain materials? What connects you with them, and makes you feel they are perfect for your art piece?
I use common materials that mean something to my past, things that cause an emotional trigger in me, and hopefully, to others.