Shockoe Artspeak

A Conversation with Wesley Taylor

Wesley Taylor is a print maker, graphic designer, musician, animator, educator, mentor, and curator. He roots his practice in performance and social justice. His work combines, oscillates between, and blurs these different disciplines. His work is multi-disciplinary as well as anti-disciplinary. Taylor’s individual practice is inextricably linked to his collective practice, yet his collective practice is not just one collective: it is a constellation of collectives he has helped form for over 20 years. His work is inspired by elder knowledge, complex science, 90s underground hip hop, punk aesthetics, and science fiction. He creates work in partnership with social justice movements.  –

He previously taught at Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University, and Eastern Michigan University. He graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art with his MFA and the University of Michigan with his BFA.

Taylor is currently an Assistant Professor in Art Foundation and in the Department of Graphic Design at VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia.