Ben Taylor

My life has always leaned heavily towards the creative. Born 1970, in Australia, and growing up in Africa and Scotand, my childhood was full of drawing, active imagination and hours creating. After school years, an  Art Foundation Diploma and then onto Hertfordshire Polytechnic to study traditional model making. The next ten years were spent as a freelance model maker working primarily in architecture, product design and advertising. 
Between 2001 - 2006, I was employed as an external lecturer by Chelsea College of Art & Design, teaching model making to interior design students.
As the emerging technology of CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) became more widely accessible I retrained in this virtual world and set a different course for the next decade. After working for a few years as a CGI artist, I was asked to set up a CGI studio in London for an image retouching company, Act Two. Here,I specialised in creating photo-realistic still images for various blue chip global advertising agencies. The studio became its own company, Um..CGI, with offices in London and New York, and four years later I became a Director. My role became more about art direction of images in liaison with the retouching department, managing a team of CGI artists and developing the client base both in London and New York.

Whilst life might have looked good from the outside, but my heart was telling me that my happiness did not lie in this direction, so I quit, travelled to Africa to undergo a spiritual initiation, moved out of London to a cabin deep in the woods on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, and started to engage with life in a different way. I became a trapeze artist, a DJ, I deep-dived into the realms of shamanic plant medicines, learning songs and instruments from African forests, and after years of working for other peoples designs and ideas, I finally began a re-exploration of my own artistry.
My artwork practice (using the moniker of Mometo), can be roughly divided into sculptural work, which utilises many natural materials found on my travels (driftwood, feathers, bones, seeds etc), and more figurative, abstract and traditional mediums of oils and acrylics on canvas.
I teach part-time art courses atCoLab in Exeter, a hub for people in crisis.  The learners are all adult, but range greatly in skill,  learning ability, and personal situation. Working with individuals who are often in dire life situations has validated my own understanding of the importance of the experience of art. What i promote is the enjoyment and meditational experience that can come from the process once we move beyond our own self-criticism.
For me artistry, music, and movement are intimately connected with personal well-being. A decade of investigation into indigenous shamanic cultures and the study of Pygmy polyphonic music, alongside three decades spent in many creative worlds, has, for me, validated this statement.