Taylor Redler was born with a natural interest for translating emotion into various art forms. Former chef and substance use disorder recovery councilor, Taylor recently discovered life pursuing art full time was the only path that felt divinely aligned. She expresses how she feels the world around her so intensely, deep empathy running wild for aiding human suffering making it difficult to practice boundaries in that field. The unearthing of that realization took place while working at a treatment center in Asheville, NC. She influenced the woman to use creative expression as a coping mechanism while being quarantined together during the COVID pandemic. Yet she was only able to cope with her own reality through art, urging her to take a leap of faith to pursue it as her career. Making mental health advocacy the tone and motivation of her artistic voice. She is now a full-time contemporary sculptural artist and mental health advocate living in Charleston, South Carolina.
Her current focus being exploring, studying, and discovering new mediums to accurately capture the emotions in her story via textured sculptural paintings. Portraying the intense visceral feelings and experiences before, during, and after her active addiction while learning to cope with cPTSD. Presently intrigued with the way plaster and concrete embodies the feelings of change through adding structure to the canvas that can be manipulated to depict various stages of transformation. Inspired by her deep love of architecture, especially a mix of modern, tudor, and deco; she has shifted into merging architect design ideas into her paintings. She dabbles in fiber art, embroidering her linen canvases with her naturally dyed yarn. An obsessive experiment working with various mediums to express the stages of healing. Contrasting the man-made concrete with raw natural earth minerals, rock pigment, crystals, and yarn. Symbolizing the soft ease and solitude that calms the nervous system after periods of intense healing work. She builds her wooden and linen canvases by hand, as well as the wooden frames offered in various species carefully chosen to house her work. Using a wide range of raw minerals, crystals, pigments, and oil she transmutes the concept of nature vs. nurture into a textural sensorial experience. She has sold over 210 original works and commissioned pieces since pursing art full time in early 2021.
Taylor’s mission is to propose a new perspective on changing the negative stigma around addiction. She uses her paintings and artistic voice to motivate others to engage in new ways to self-explore and release trauma through vulnerably channeling their inner creativity. Right at the beginning of her career she passionately pitched to studios how she will influence change through interactive exhibitions. Encouraging viewers to welcome vulnerable conversations in order to break the barriers between the reality of living with mental health disorders vs. the social conditioning of what that looks like. She participated in a handful of group shows, and fairs. Her first solo exhibition was in May called (RELEASE/RECOVER) held at The Grand Bohemian Gallery, where she holds residency in Charleston, SC.(RELEASE/RECOVER) showcased a collection of works that positively influenced the audience to challenge themselves to consider new opinions regarding the mental health crisis. 20% of proceeds were donated to a local non-profit. Taylor is getting ready for another solo exhibition at Julia Deckman Studio in October, titled (cyber gravestones). The exhibit will interactively dive deeper into her personal story on the reasonings she is so motivated to spread overdose awareness. Art has offered her a reinvigorated way to confront her past, speak her truth, and curate her future.