Laurel Taylor is an interdisciplinary artist, art witch, and internationally recognized experimental film maker. Her interdisciplinary works include printmaking, oil paintings, works on paper, experimental video, and installation. All works are made in ritual with reoccurring themes of presence, empowerment, transformation, and healing trauma within the soul. Laurel presents an experience for audiences that provokes some of the hidden emotions that are too often pushed down and forgotten.
She was trained in 3-D and 2-D mediums at Bradley University and the University of New Mexico - Taos. Laurel obtained her Associate in Fine Arts with honors at the University of New Mexico Taos in Spring 2020 and has shown in multiple galleries. Laurel has been awarded the Andy Johnson Arts Scholarship, Quail Roost Scholarship, and the Betsy Carey Scholarship for the Arts while attending the University of New Mexico - Taos.
She most recently had work showing at The Taos Center for the Arts 40 under 40 show and in Revolt Gallery's Annual Women's Show Femme Ethereal. Currently, Laurel is knee high in work for her art business Wilde.Ink where she prints pattern on fabric to create T-shirts, Hoodies, Tea Towels, Tablecloths, and her most popular item Jumpers! She recently began collaborating with El Campo Store in Taos, NM so items can be printed, pulled, and sewn locally.
During the pandemic, Laurel dove head first into the block printing portal and began creating a variety of art prints including prints, altar cloths, fabric wall hangings and wearable art. Every month she releases creations exclusively on Instagram. Most items sell out within the 24 hours of release on the platform. All items are unique, one-of-a-kind block print designs and she makes sure to keep prices reasonable to create art that is accessible to all income brackets for releases. Since beginning her printmaking journey and creating Wilde.Ink Shop, Laurel has been recruited to create custom designs for local companies in New Mexico.
Patterns begin with an anchor in nature. Laurel chooses an aspect of nature and the human condition to focus on for the creation of the block and then through experimentation and guidance through meditation configures a pattern that either highlights or disguises the original singular block. Some patterns require more of a dance on the surface than others, but they all have messages of hope, love, and forward movement for the viewer. While printing, Laurel sings songs of the heart to imbue each item with love and to transform her works into healing relics.
It is recommended to follow Laurel on Instagram to get the most up to date information on designs, studio work, and exclusive releases @wilde.ink.
Photograph by Hayley Harper, 2020.
2020 Revolt HUT, Revolt Gallery – Taos
2020 The Third Taos Revolt, Revolt Gallery – Taos
2020 Art in Solidarity, Virtual Encore Gallery, Taos Center for the Arts – Taos
2020 Windows on the Future, Vital Spaces, Taos, New Mexico
2020 Under The Radar: 12 Women Artists of Taos, Revolt Gallery – Taos
2020 Seco Sanctuary Film Festival, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
2020 Self Portraits in Isolation Group Exhibition, Virtual Encore Gallery, Taos Center for the Arts – Taos
2020 Found Paper Group Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos
2019 40 Under 40 Show, Encore Gallery, Taos Center for the Arts – Taos
2019 Mini Show, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos
2019 Recycled Art Show, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos
2019 Still Life Group Exhibition Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos
2019 Impressionist Group Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos
2019 Self Portrait Group Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos
2020 People's Choice, Sanctuary Film Festival, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico
2020 Official Selection, International Endoscopic Film Festival, Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2020 Honorable Mention, LA Underground Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA
2020 Official Selection, Twisted Tales Festival, UK
1/2021 - "Revolt Gallery" article, Taos News, Taos, NM
07/2020 - "Windows on the Future" article, Taos News, Taos, NM
11/2019 - "40 Artists Under 40" article, Taos News, Taos, NM
Fine Art Experience
2020 - Taos Center for the Arts Curatorial Committee Board Member, Taos, NM
2019 - Present Sarah Stolar Art Studio Assistant, Santa Fe, NM
2020 - Curator/Social Media Manager, Revolt Gallery, Taos, NM
2019 - 2020 Gallery Assistant, Atrium Gallery, University of New Mexico – Taos, Taos, NM