1. Man vs. land

    2014

     
  2. Chickens over People, 2013

     
  3. Guarded

    By Taylor Yocom

     

                Numerous studies echo the statistic: one in four college women will experience a sexual assault by the time they graduate. This fear was felt in the University of Iowa community in early 2014 after numerous timely warnings filled the email inboxes of students, detailing various circumstances of the horrific event. Some of the perpetrators were acquaintances. Some of them were strangers. Worse—some of them were cab drivers. Tensions were high, and many young women took action. Coupled with proactive measures to change the rules and the culture of the community, girls went from point a to point b with a line of defense already in their pocket: rape whistles on their keychain. Talking to my peers, I was amazed at how commonplace these objects were. Girls put pepper spray where petty trinkets should be. Some even were gifted mace guns by their fathers. The connotation of these loaded objects being so casually used on a keychain baffled me. It was a constant reminder of the sensed danger looming around. I saw this as an opportunity.

                Instead of a generic statistic floating around in the back of the community’s collective mind, I wanted to put faces to the problem. By using models with their own keys between their fingers, rape whistles, or pepper spray cans, I tackle the problem on a much more personal level. The neutral stance of the models position unifies the individuals in the series yet their own personal styles shine through.  Shooting the models was a great opportunity to converse with the women about their fears and take on the community. Some were heavily involved in action to change the culture on campus. Some had overprotective parents who sent them mace. Some were terrified to walk home late at night after studying. Unfortunately, some were victims and survivors themselves. Through Guarded I hope to spur dialogue and change the perception of the response to the statistics: to see one in four as a person, not a number.

     

     
  4. break/try

    What holds us back? What are we expected to do? This is what I’m curious about. As a young woman, many actions are expected and forbidden. On a personal level, I sometimes feel trapped by expectations, be it in how I should dress, how I should behave, how I should reject people and ideas and handle rejection. Sometimes, this can be too much. Break/try was originally inspired by my grandmother. Before she passed away, she told me she broke off the heels of her shoes at her own wedding because she was sick of wearing them. I saw this as a groundbreaking action and it touched me for the rest of my life.


    Heels: the shoes associated with utmost femininity. Having a stature of 5’10, I feel uncomfortable wearing heels, as I would be taller than most men and women with the added inches. This puts me in an interesting scenario: if I embrace the feminine side, I stand out as “too tall” yet if I don’t, I am not assimilated with all of the other women wearing heels. This parallels with the double bind of femininity versus masculinity. If I’m feminine, I’m weak and vapid. If I’m masculine and assertive, I’m a bitch and not in my place. For me and most girls, we’re stuck in the middle. Sometimes I feel stuck in this awkward middle at the beginning of my twenties. Unsure how to handle potential relationships, unsure how to maneuver my professional and academic decisions, and unsure of myself. I worry too much sometimes, and this makes me feel like I lose control, just like stumbling in heels. Break/try represents my struggle with fitting into certain boxes and following a certain schema of what I am supposed to be at this point in my life: figuring out my future. 

    Break/try was originally supposed to be a video of me dressing up as a pristine girl, walking down an elegant hallway and breaking the heels in one take. It did not turn out that way, and I’m honestly relieved. The mistakes reveal my true identity and the original idea made me feel like I was putting on a show. The stumbling is completely organic and shows how I can take awkward situations with a laugh and in a stride. The moments such as pushing away the bra strap demonstrate that even if women are feminine they must hide certain parts that are deemed “unlady like.” I capture the raw emotion of me trying to break the shoes, showing that grunts of frustrations are natural and show perseverance. Despite the failure of breaking the heels—-I walk away just fine: I am not bound to expectations myself and society deems I need to follow.

    Selected for the Juried Undergraduate Video Show at the University of Iowa, 2014.

    Link: https://vimeo.com/90141573

     
  5. tayloryocomart:

    Substrate by Taylor Yocom

    At the beginning of my trip to Paris I experienced a culture shock coming from the airport. It wasn’t just the lack of knowing the language or how to get around: it was the old architecture. This is nothing like how it is here in America, yet one constant in urban areas held true: graffiti. As opposed to just bathroom walls or alleyways, the street art took over traditionally historic aesthetics. I was immediately fascinated at how the centuries old buildings became a canvas for such contemporary issues. In Substrate I explore the juxtaposition of the old and new and how addition to a surface can be beautiful, evocative, or both.

    On display in the Blank Honors Center third floor gallery at the University of Iowa through April 25th.

     
  6. Substrate by Taylor Yocom

    At the beginning of my trip to Paris I experienced a culture shock coming from the airport. It wasn’t just the lack of knowing the language or how to get around: it was the old architecture. This is nothing like how it is here in America, yet one constant in urban areas held true: graffiti. As opposed to just bathroom walls or alleyways, the street art took over traditionally historic aesthetics. I was immediately fascinated at how the centuries old buildings became a canvas for such contemporary issues. In Substrate I explore the juxtaposition of the old and new and how addition to a surface can be beautiful, evocative, or both.

    On display in the Blank Honors Center third floor gallery at the University of Iowa through April 25th.

     
  7. After being gifted a set of animal encyclopedias, I decided to explore the relationship between the face of wildlife or livestock within their environments coupled with the products they become. By using the advertisement over the environment of the organism, I shed light on the process and ideals of the food industry.

    The series is called Steak and Potatoes and I hope to expand it.

    Taylor Yocom 2014

     
  8. 60 second clip of my identity for Intermedia class.

     
     
  9. Paris film

    2013

     
  10. Domestic Glimpses Zine, 2013

    Also featured on the University of Iowa Daily Palette