Janny Taylor

About Janny Taylor

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.

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About the Process

When Janny Taylor was a little girl, she innocently asked, “Mommy, am I pretty?” To which her mother replied, “You’re interesting looking.” That comment, clearly a seminal moment, sent Taylor on a lifelong exploration: What is beauty? What is interesting? Where do the two intersect? As Edgar Allen Poe so aptly put it, “There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion.” Taylor’s most recent works, over 375 collages created during the pandemic, indeed a time of strange proportion, delve down into this fantastical dimension.

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