In the series Stems, Leaves I undertook the exercise of trying to see a common object (a cut flower) as simply a collection of parts which could be rearranged to create a new object. I am very interested in seeing significance in details often overlooked. Rather than recognizing only "a flower", which itself inherently displays its own measure of beauty, I chose to break it down into its basic elements. Realizing the importance of each individual leaf and stem, I created compositions out of these pieces of organic matter which illustrate the potential which exists within us to look for, and find beauty and inspiration everywhere.

Taylor Gillis studied Graphic Design and Photography at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. In 2004 he opened his own Graphic Design studio, where he created work for a variety of clients in the Albany area as well as internationally. However, when he wasn't working, he was making photographs. By the end of 2006 he left his design business and began devoting his full time and energy to making art. Visit his website here (

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