Artist Taya De La Cruz recently completed an art commission for her collector client. Using her signature style of detailed, minuscule handwriting as a way of methodically distilling chaos into order, the brief was to create something special for a close friend’s wedding. As the client herself is an interior designer, she already had an idea of style, palette and feel to what she was looking for, but completely open to my artistic interpretation. The piece had to be love-thematic, and a celebration of the happy couple’s big day, with specially chosen words.
Taya De La Cruz is a half-Spanish, half-Indian Londoner who was raised in sleepy southern Spain and educated in Gibraltar. She trained as an actress, and expanded her discipline into visual art. She created a new technique of painting, using medical-grade syringes and needles, which allow her to work with paint on a microscopic level. Taya’s work is thematically centred around the human brain, and how we respond to life’s challenging events. She is particularly inspired by the psychology of overcoming hardship, and mindset required for elite performance. She focuses on finding light in the dark; difficult circumstances are made approachable and even beautiful.
Her art encourages introspection and reevaluation. She invites the viewer to move closer to the work and uncover the layers of narrative. The concept of the written word is expanded and redefined by its intention, which is not necessarily legibility, but representation as a form of its own.
Taya’s artistic approach serves as an antidote to the modern expectations of pace, achievement and results. Each labour-intensive piece visually articulates the considerable amount of time taken to create it, and reinforces the message of slowing down and being present. The ultimate relationship with time.
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