Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer and activist living in Oakland, CA. She is disabled due to U.S military pollution, a legacy that has affected all aspects of her work.
Her artworks use portraiture and landscape to represent images of animals in factory farms, drawing parallels between the violence and objectification they suffer to the experiences of disabled people who are similarly denied basic respect as living beings. She is interested in using her art to find new ways of representing bodies that historically have either not been represented at all or have been represented only through charity, medical and sideshow discourses. Her works have been exhibited at venues across the United States, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Berkeley Art Museum.
She is the recipient of a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, winner of VSA’s Driving Force award, an Eisner Award, a Wynn Newhouse Award, and most recently a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008). She has been nominated for numerous awards including a McColl Center residency and a Dedalus Foundation Award.
Her published work includes “The Right Not to Work: Power and Disability” (Monthly Review, 2004), “Military Waste In Our Drinking Water” (With Astra Taylor, 2006- nominated for a Project Censored Award 2007) and “Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?” (Alternet, February 18th, 2009 with Alexander Taylor).
Taylor worked with philosopher Judith Butler on Astra Taylor’s film Examined Life (Zeitgeist 2008). She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Art Practice with her MFA in May, 2008.
Taylor is an abolitionist vegan.
Sunaura talks with Judith Butler about disability as a social status (Examined Life):Book Sunaura Taylor