What are thoughts? What are feelings, emotions, and intellect in the grand scheme of the universe? In the presence of awareness, balance, and freedom of opinion, one begins to ask where they stand and what they ought to fight for. For many years now, Taylor Sheikhalmolooki has been assiduously working towards understanding the inner interpretations of higher intelligence. In this way, she has slowly but very surely redefined art and all that it stands for.
With it has come to the influence of her subtle shift in perspective—what life and love is amidst this bustling and, indeed, very vast world. Raised in the Midwest, not far from the lowest poverty ring in society, Ms. Taylor has come to know and understand suffering and trials intimately. In this environment, the epiphany came to her: intelligence is not a person’s status by fate, whether it be good or bad. Rather, intelligence is the honest growth and development of one’s mind.
And within this mind is the creative capacity of humans. Whether in respect to literature, music, technology, fashion, or even ways of thinking, it is present for everyone. Art, in all its shapes and forms, is sacred to Ms. Taylor. It is the soul of humanity and the backbone of each community; it is both divine and historical, transcending all things real or supernatural. In a distinct way, art, for her, is a narrative — an account told through the eyes of the maker. In many ways, it reflects unbound thoughts and feelings, set in motion, and presented creatively.
Ms. Taylor encourages everyone to see and realize the artist within—and not to stop there. She urges everyone to share and reveal their pieces to the world, as she believes that all are unique and worth exhibiting. Ms. Taylor also gives personal attention to those who belong to the LGBTQ+ community and anyone in touch with their sensuality and sexuality. There is wisdom in knowing oneself, and the courage it takes to accept that and allow it to manifest in one’s respective art is something to be revered.
Inspired by the great philosopher Socrates and his doctrine of “knowing thyself,” Ms. Taylor has grown in contemplation on individuality and identity. This pursuit of character has brought forth many realizations, such as the purpose and meaning behind her art: her very life itself.
Through her art, she wishes to inspire others, help them flourish in reason and intellect, and compel them to be innovative and creative. More than anything else, she always wishes for people to keep an open mind, ever wonder, and ask questions. To be forever curious, and to never stop learning. Where art and knowledge go hand-in-hand, Ms. Taylor is endeavoring to bring to fruition self- identity and self- actualization for all.