Sunaura Taylor

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"The body inevitably is always in my images, but this is largely because my images are all of people close to me and they all have bodies (all sorts of bodies). This is also because the body itself is a good place to explore seeing, especially the body of someone you know well, because you see not only the physical, but the emotional and psychological. In a loved one, the intangible realities of sadness, joy, love, confusion, hatred, and humor, can become visual through the body and through the space that the body exists in and through its movements."- Sanuara Taylor [1]

Sunaura Taylor
BornMarch 21, 1982

Sunaura "Sunny" Taylor (born March 21, 1982) is an American painter, writer and activist for disability and animal rights. She currently resides in Oakland, California, and has taught classes at the University of California, Berkeley.

Taylor's work has been displayed in the Smithsonian and in other important galleries across the United States.[2] She is the recipient of a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. In 2004, she received the Grand Prize in the VSA arts Driving Force juried exhibition for emerging disabled artists.[3][4] A portion of her work deals with animal rights issues, as Taylor is an abolitionist vegan.[5][6][7][8][9]

Taylor was born with arthrogryposis, and uses a wheelchair.[10] She is active in the Society for Disability Studies and has participated in marches for disability rights.[11][12] Her work on the disability rights movement has appeared in the Marxist magazine Monthly Review,[13] and her Self Portrait with TCE was the first full-color image ever printed in the publication's long history. She has been featured on All Things Considered on National Public Radio,[14] and the Georgia Public Television series State of the Arts. Her work has also been featured frequently in Flagpole Magazine in her home town, Athens, Georgia.


Taylor argued her position against animal products in her February 17, 2009 article titled "Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?".[15]

She is also the sister of the filmmaker Astra Taylor, [16] and appeared in her 2008 film Examined Life alongside philosopher Judith Butler.[17]


  1. ^ "Sunaura Taylor". Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  2. ^ VSA Arts schedule for Driving Force Archived 2006-10-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ VSA Arts 2004 exhibition homepage Archived 2006-10-01 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 2007-08-16
  4. ^ VSA Arts website for the 2004 winner Archived 2007-09-19 at the Wayback Machine, accessed on 2007-08-16
  5. ^ The Fallacy of Conscientious Meat, Sunaura and Alexander Taylor, accessed 21 February 2009
  6. ^ "After the Ugly Laws | Sunaura Taylor". The Baffler. 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  7. ^ Wenus, Rose Aguilar, Laura. "What are the connections between animal liberation and disability liberation?". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  8. ^ Kanner, Ellen (2017-02-27). "Meatless Monday: The Art of the Animal -- The Sexual Politics of Meat Reframed". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  9. ^ Rothman, Joshua (2017-06-05). "Are Disability Rights and Animal Rights Connected?". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  10. ^ "Sunaura Taylor". Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  11. ^ "Are Disability Rights and Animal Rights Connected?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  12. ^ Vettese, Troy (2017-12-20). "How a Vegan's Experience with Disability Is Helping Her Heal the Divide Between Two Movements". In These Times. ISSN 0160-5992. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  13. ^ Monthly Review article March 2004, accessed on 2007-08-16
  14. ^ NPR program page
  15. ^ AlterNet on Environment
  16. ^ "Sunny Taylor", Free Williamsburg, accessed February 8, 2009.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2009-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) San Francisco Film Society on Examined Life, accessed February 8, 2009.

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