Fiona Taylor - Flying Free

Arts Access Victoria presents The Museum of Us

Fiona Taylor's work for The Museum of Us represents her desire to escape from society’s constraints surrounding her disability, in the hopes she can have freedom to fly free.

Against a white background, a collage of eight panels. Across the panels, the words ‘My accessible future is / Me f ying free from / discrimination / inequality / exploitation / exclusion / harassment’ are pasted over the coloured backgrounds on white strips with patterned edges

About the work

My work for The Museum of Us represents my desire to escape from society’s constraints surrounding my disability and to find my place in the world.

Flying Free for me is the ability to soar like a bird. To me it represents freedom I never really feel I have.

Birds have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and are now a regular feature in my artworks. I have recently become fascinated with the mighty eagle and its prowess.

A collage of eight panels against a white background with the words ‘My accessible future is Me flying free from discrimination, inequality, exploitation, exclusion, harassment’ pasted over the coloured backgrounds on white strips with patterned edges. There is a cut-out photo of a sea-bird soaring in the last panel.
A collage of eight panels against a white background with the words ‘My accessible future is Me flying free from discrimination, inequality, exploitation, exclusion, harassment’ pasted over the coloured backgrounds on white strips with patterned edges. There is a cut-out photo of a sea-bird soaring in the last panel.

In the panels of my work, you can see tracks representing flight paths, somewhat like my own – going all over the place in pursuit of my goals.

These paths are never straight, as I experience discrimination, inequality, exclusion, exploitation, harassment and numerous other forms of demeaning behaviours.

My work with birds allows me to escape momentarily.

The final panel with the mighty albatross talks to the journey these wonderful sea birds undertake, flying solo over the oceans – and my own feelings of being ‘all alone at sea’ at times, as I journey through life.

The two characters found in the panels represent my feelings of being ‘different’ as a result of behaviours I have experienced from some in society. It is something I struggle with and causes me anger, pain, and confusion.

The embedded stars and jewels are the sparkle and light at the end of the tunnel I aim to find.

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