Taylor Hickman Obituary, Colorado Mesa University Department of Art And Design Mourns The Passing Of Taylor Hickman
- john Gibson
Taylor Hickman Obituary, Death – We regret to inform you that on April 17, 2023, at the age of 33, Studio Art senior Taylor Hickman passed away. His death was announced with a sad heart by everyone here at @coloradomesau. Hickman was a graduating senior in our BFA Studio Art department, where she primarily focused on figurative oil painting.
He ended his senior exhibition entitled “Fleeting Moments” at the @437co_artgallery in March, exhibiting a body of work that was quite dynamic. As we come to terms with this terrible loss, those of us in the Art & Design community, including students, teachers, and staff, are experiencing a profound sense of emptiness.
“Painting has given me the opportunity to properly work through the complex issues that surround my sexuality and the way in which I relate to other guys in my life over the course of the past decade. Because I have progressed so much, I am now able to find the inner fortitude to conquer these phobias and produce work that has meant for me and others. In this body of work, I explore topics with masculinity and vulnerability, as well as the feelings experienced by men who are still under the impression that these two qualities are incompatible with one another.
A passage taken from Thoreau’s Walden served as a significant source of motivation for the creation of this collection of work. The phrase “most men live lives of quiet desperation,” which was penned by Thoreau in the nineteenth century, still seems quite accurate to me despite the fact that it was written back then. It is essential for me to portray the more nuanced and sensitive feelings that many guys want to keep hidden from the outside world. The process of creating each of these paintings provided me with the opportunity to deeply reflect on my innermost thoughts, feelings, and frustrations.