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Taja Nicole Lindley

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I am a courageous truth-telling creatress. An unapologetically proud Black queer femme feminist woman. Daughter of a single mother. Eldest of three sisters. Committed to the wellness, creativity and reproductive justice of women and girls of color.

An 80’s baby born in New York and raised in the south, I have diasporic connections to Antigua, Panama, Costa Rica, China, Portugal and sub-Saharan Africa. I don’t call any particular place “home” but Brooklyn is where I live and I love it here.

In 2007 I received my B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where I designed my own major concentrating in public policy and knowledge production with a focus on health and women of color. For the past 11 years I’ve worked in non-profits, research institutes, and government on policies and programming that impact women and girls, communities of color, low/no/fixed-income families, queer people, youth and immigrants.

I have always had a creative spirit. After I graduated from college I began to seriously explore this part of myself and it has been flourishing ever since. Art takes up more of my time, my energy, and my identity.

In my lifetime I am choosing to be the fullest expression of myself – showing up in all of the ways my heart desires. Curiosity is an instruction. Joy is my compass. My journey in self-actualization is filled with purpose and passion.

Every piece of work is a journey. I enjoy the process. Experimenting. Intuition is my guide.

I find inspiration in Black bodies. Women's bodies. My own body. Bold vibrant colors. Textures and patterns. Anatomy. Landscapes. Outer space. Celestial and molecular places. Cosmic and microscopic views.

My mediums have included acrylic paint and mediums, alcohol inks, acrylic inks, glass, duct tape, trash bags, paint pens, sharpies, oil pastels, gouache, water color, wax, magazines and ephemera. More to come. I will use just about anything in my artwork because my mediums are just that – tools. I define my art by what I create and how I create rather than by what I use I create it.

Through the performing arts I explore healing, wellness, pleasure, sex and sexuality, bodily autonomy, freedom and reproductive justice. For myself. For women and girls of color. For my community. On the street and stages. In theaters and classrooms. At conferences, cabarets and homes.

I am a hip hop FeMC and a performance artists who draws on ritual theater and burlesque aesthetics.

My performing arts development has included: Body Ecology Performing Cultural Arts Direct Action Residency with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative; Theater of the Oppressed training with The Forum Project; the Broad Squad Institute with Brown Girls Burlesque; EMERGENYC at the Hemispheric Institute; Urban Bush Women's Summer Leadership Institute; and the Laundromat Project's Create Change Fellowship.

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