Jaguar Mary or the Artist Formerly Known as Jocelyn Taylor

  1. People all over the world were inspired by Barack Obama’s win. Not only is he a symbol of our desires for change, he also represents the efforts of millions of people who want to live better lives. The idea of caring for others and being of service has become a focus in government again because it has become a focus in our own hearts. We want change, we want peace, and we want to go beyond the fear and war that seems to be so pervasive in our culture. President Obama’s campaign for change is what catalyzed us, but we are the ones carrying this torch. Together we have chosen to take a necessary step forward in our development as human beings. For more information about this project go to

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  2. In 2000, I was invited to participate in a show at the New Museum in New York called, “Picturing the Modern Amazon” on representations of hyper-masculine women. Armide 2000 had not been made yet. I was, however, thinking a lot about race and gender because I was dealing with those issues in an installation piece for the Public Art Funds’, “In the Public Realm” program. I recalled Jean Luc Godard’s short film, Armide, which was part of a larger project, Aria, a compilation of films by nine other directors set to classical music. Godard’s mis-en-scene is such that the women who play maids in the gym are caricatures of hyper-femininity. The maids in my film embody the same frustrations of desire and invisibility, except they are men.

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  3. This video is made up of entirely stock footage. It's about the illusion of comfort and safety. Of course we all want to be safe and happy, but does living in a world of so many distractions and entertainments act as a veil for what's going on behind the scenes? If life is a movie, who's the director? Is it useful to allow our every move to be clocked and watched? We have been lulled into a sweet dream of complacency. Thankfully, the beauty of the natural world still has the power to jolt us beyond the clouds of materialism and into the depths of our souls.

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  4. Jaguar Mary made this film for the Balispirit Festival in Indonesia. It's a great gathering of musicians, artists, dancers, and yogis with workshops, communal gathering spaces and a stage featuring international and local performances. It's a really amazing event. Check out for 2010 details.

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  5. I Am the Kingdom is a video poem by me (Jaguar Mary/Jocelyn Taylor), that combines the mundane with the profound, expressing the reality of life and all its facets. I made it when I found out my dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

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Jaguar Mary or the Artist Formerly Known as Jocelyn Taylor

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