Nancy Taliaferro Artist Statement
Deeply passionate about the nature of the soul and the interconnection of all of life, my current work explores this elusive subject through intimate portraits of animals and people.
There is a rich story of animal symbolism in the history of art. The world of creatures once inhabited the center of the human world. They were subjugated, yet worshipped and endowed with magical powers and religious symbolism.
My interest is in creating a visual metaphor that speaks to the mystery and beauty of our shared place in the world.
My awareness of a numinous universe and the evolution of my work began with childhood experiences : walking my dog Arthur under the stars, sailing in the moonlight with my father on the Chesapeake Bay, visiting a friend’s family dairy farm and spending time with their animals, and playing in our snowy quiet street on winter nights, illuminated by a dim streetlight. This luminous stillness is foundational in my work, an arc of light bridging reality and dreams.
Current research on the inner life of animals has brought to light surprising observations, revealing their intellegent, sensitive nature and far more emotional complexity than ever imagined. My creative vision is a world where animals and humans, all of nature, can live together in a mutually enhancing way.