My work animates questions of belonging, kinship, queerness, solidarity and calls to stewardship. Developing a methodology of Diaspora Futurism is an invitation to the displaced to find renewed & remembered interdependence. This methodology poses Queer Ecology, Disabled Cosmology & BIPOC Kinship as pathways for healing past and future generations.
The aesthetics of my collaboratively created artistic works insist on attention to revolving state-based material for example a sense of loneliness, or control, or tenderness, or humor, or dissonance, or ritual, or a combination; resulting in multi-dimensional layering of physical and vocal expressivity. Themes in my work comprise of collective humanity; how we exist in our mundane and extraordinary socio-cultural environments.
Identity and lived experience is at the core of my values and how it unfolds defines my creative process. For Contact Quarterly, I wrote: “Folks with marginalized identities are somatically and psychically guarded, from generations past and a lifetime of systemic oppression; it is in the body and it will enter the dance.”
MSAB awards Taja Will the Creative Support for Individuals award for 2023
Taja Will Ensemble Tofte Lake Center Artists in Residency, Fall 2022
Minnesota State Arts Board 2022 Creative Support for Individuals Grant
MOVO Studio Major Maintenance Artist in Residence
Three Thirty One Space’s first cohort of Artists in Residency 2022 & 2023