Sam Taylor-Wood, English Artist ( March 4, 1967 - )

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I love life. I think it's fantastic. Sometimes it deals hard things, and when it deals great things, you have to seize them.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Life Love Love Life

I've always lived my life fearlessly, and what I want to do with my life, I do.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Life My Life Want

I've turned into one of those people who go jogging in parks that I used to hate.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Hate People Go

I can be very self-destructive, but quietly.~Sam Taylor-Wood

I Can Self-Destructive

I'm motivated every second by my work; it doesn't switch off. The pictures I make come from every blink of my lashes.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Work Pictures Blink

At school, I always felt the art room was the place where you could sit and talk. It was a place of solace. I wasn't the best artist at school by a long shot; it was more the understanding and the support that came from that room.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Art Best School

Anonymity would be a fantastic umbrella. I don't like intrusion.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Umbrella Like Would

I have a massive phobia for schedules and calendars. I need people to tell me where I need to be. I can't bear to see it in black and white. I think it's a fear of being pinned down.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Fear Black And White Black

When I had cancer - of the colon first, followed by breast cancer and a mastectomy - my motto used to be 'Drips by day, Prada by night.' I felt that I had to grasp it in the same way as you'd take on any challenge.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Motto Day Challenge

Never trust a hippie. That's definitely my motto.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Trust Motto Hippie

Seeing a new play in a first-time production is so exciting - when it's good, you want to shout from the rooftops.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Good Want You

People in love don't see gender, colour or religion. Or age. It's about the other person, the one that you love and who loves you. You don't think of them in terms of a label. You just go with your heart.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Love Age Religion

My mum has lived in Australia for 22 years now, and we have a rocky relationship. But at the same time it's one I want to maintain. I need her to be my mum. The relationship took a lot of rebuilding.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Time Relationship Want

Having children is exciting. Life puts the past into perspective.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Life Children Past

I understand what it is to go through emotional trauma and retreat and go into the world of your imagination. I understand how art and music can be a place of safety in a world of reinvention.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Music Art Imagination

My work is made on lines similar to those of a film production. A lot of my work is kind of bureaucratic, endlessly phoning up people, trying to find the cameraman and the lighting man, because I am a total technology-phobe, quite helpless with equipment.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Work Man I Am

I've made lots of big decisions in my life that have shocked people.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Life Decisions People

In my life, I've never really listened to when people start forming opinions on how you should be doing things.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Life People My Life

I took on cancer like I take on everything - like a mission and a job to accomplish.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Job Accomplish Cancer

I feel like I've lost 10 years of my life to cancer.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Life Lost My Life

I often joke that I straddle psychosis and neurosis, and that being an artist keeps me in the middle, so I can work between the two.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Work Artist Me

Money scares me, and it always has done. I've got a childish concept of money, and I like to keep it that way in the sense that I don't like to think about it.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Money Me Think

When you're no longer ill, and everyone's gotten over the fact that you've had cancer, that core of steel doesn't go away, and then I had to find other channels for it.~Sam Taylor-Wood

You Cancer Steel

Relationships can go wrong very simply, very quickly, and when you have children you become more aware of relationships around you.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Children You Go

I find that I put my body in my work when I am at a particularly difficult or joyous point because I want to feel that moment.~Sam Taylor-Wood

Work I Am Moment

I feel the art world in New York has a stronger following than Britain. If you go to a New York art district on a Saturday morning, it will be so busy with families and openings - art is much more ingrained in the culture.~Sam Taylor-Wood

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