Taya De La Cruz uses detailed, minuscule handwriting as a way of methodically distilling chaos into order. She invites the viewer to move closer to the work and further explore the narrative
behind it. The concept of the written word is expanded and redefined by its intention, which is not necessarily legibility, but being seen as a whole.
Taya’s work is thematically centered around the human brain, and how we respond to life’s challenging events. She is particularly inspired by the psychology of overcoming hardship, and elite performance. She focuses on finding light in the dark; difficult circumstances are made approachable and even beautiful. Her art encourages introspection, with the intention of large scale change, starting with each individual.
Taya’s artistic approach serves as an antidote to the modern expectations of pace, achievement and results. Each labour intensive piece visually articulates the considerable amount of time taken to create it, and reinforces the message of slowing down and being present.
Taya recently created a new technique of painting, using medical-grade syringes and needles, which allow her to work with paint on a microscopic level.
Taya is a half-Spanish, half-Indian Londoner who was raised in sleepy southern Spain and educated in Gibraltar. She trained as an actress, and found her way into visual art organically.
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