Pace Taylor's visual art appears in Issue No. 56: Expression.
Through large-format soft pastel and intimate graphite drawings, I actively choose to make work that celebrates queer intimacy—self, platonic, and romantic—and connection through memory and physical closeness set in liminal, or transitory, spaces. My hope is that these images can be used as a jumping off point for self- contextualization, whether the viewer identifies as queer or not, and as a safe space to allow themselves to be held for a moment by another’s language.
As I’ve considered memory, I’ve pushed myself to question how time and distance affect and distort our impressions of the body—our own bodies (especially trans bodies) and those we have been intimate with—and how to translate those memories to a two-dimensional space. I invite ambiguity in both subject rendering and application of material; an experiment in liminality and becoming.
Everything on the menu looks wrong, 2020. Soft pastel and graphite on paper. 30 inches x 22 inches.
To Kiss Again After So Long, 2019. Soft pastel and graphite on paper. 30 inches x 22 inches.
Pace Taylor is a nonbinary trans artist based in Portland, OR. They are emotionally preoccupied with Tenderness (and who it is afforded to). Through large-format soft pastel drawings and intimate graphite and cut paper drawings, they invite their viewers to be interrupted, to be held by another’s language. Pace received their BFA in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon in 2015. They have exhibited a number of times regionally, including at Disjecta and Weiden + Kennedy Gallery. www.pacetaylor.com
View and read the other art, stories, and poems from Ruminate's Issue 56: Expression.
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August 26, 2020
Tenderness – oh yes. Beautiful work. Haunting in the best way.