Exchanging ideas with Tracy Taylor
The Distance Between Us by Tracy M.Taylor
I had a wonderful virtual meeting with another fantastic artist about her work as part of my re.conceive research.

It was such an exciting conversation about our visual own interests in being artist mothers and Tracy's riveting approach to her data visualisation projects, which she is interested in moving towards a depiction of her own experience of infertility.

Tracy Marie Taylor is a Chicago-based multi-media artist and educator. Taylor’s studio practice thematically and practically explores the relationship between nature and technology. Through her art, she surveys the assisted reproductive and breast feeding technologies that were her companions during struggles to become a mother and in her efforts to sustain new life. She embraces traditional tools such as painting, drawing and sculpture, as well as digital tools such as video, animation and creative coding. Taylor’s artwork has been exhibited in Chicago galleries including Roman Susan Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, and at institutions across the United States. Taylor holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from the University of New Mexico and is an Associate Professor at Lake Forest College. .

The Distance Between Us
In The Distance Between Us: A Data Visualization of Exclusive Breast Pumping, I use computer programming to visually reinterpret the data collected from twelve months of breast pumping into a quilt. The delicately hued rays emanating from the center reflect the view of the sky from outside my window. While the sun rises and falls, daylight shifts from blue to grey and back again as the seasons change. A quilt provides familial comfort and as such, this one is a form of wish fulfillment with respect to the comfort I was unable to provide my son when I was attached to the pumping machine. Each strand of white beads traces a unique pumping session; the length in inches directly correlates to the ounces of milk collected. The strands pierce the quilt’s surface and drip like streams of milk from a nipple.

We had such a strong conversation, drawing parallels in our work. So fulfilling that this funding allow me to engage closely with other artists and pay them for their time. Hoping this is will lead to future collaborations on data visualisation of infertility later this year.