My quilt provides a space for me to appreciate and acknowledge my ancestors. This hasn’t always been easy for me as a mixed woman. I’ve felt the push and pull between both of my races for most of my life. My quilt tells the stories of my ancestors and of those in my immediate family who have had a large impact on my own story.
I've used braided acrylic yarn to symbolize my previous struggle with being bi-racial. Braids, in particular, were something I saw my family members and members of my community have but didn’t feel that I could have myself because of my whiteness. It was something that always made me question my validity as a person of color. Using the acrylic yarn speaks to me embracing that my experience and identity is my own. Both sides have felt like planets far away from each other my whole life which has left me questioning where I belong. This work is a space for my ancestors to come together, for what feels like the first time. It's also a space for me to connect to my family, as a whole, for the first time
Veronica Taylor is in her last semester as a GFA major at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She grew up in Northern California and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2018 to attend college. Taylor often takes inspiration from her upbringing as a bi-racial child and the stories of her ancestors. She uses a variety of materials to abstract the subject of her works. The initial ambiguity of her works provide an entry point for the viewer. Taylor’s goal is to make works that are visually intriguing but also speak to her experience as a bi-racial woman.