If you’ve not been living in a hole the past few years, you’ve probably heard of Taylor Allard. Besides being pretty active on social media about their life in general, Allard also frequently shares aspects of their life such as overcoming and eating disorder, coming out as trans, and finding your way in the world as a young adult.
This raw honesty is a highly contributing factor in their large social media following whether it be twitter, instagram, or youtube. Allard can be spotted in everything between modeling campaigns, one of Hayley Kiyoko’s music videos, and even short films.
But now they are onto their next venture: publishing their first book, Ouroboros, which you can buy either hard-copy or digital. Being that thousands of people, including myself, have been patiently awaiting the book’s arrival, I took the time to interview Taylor Allard and get a little more insight on Ouroboros:
Q: You have a new book coming out, Ouroboros. Congratulations! How would you summarize it?
A: I would summarize my book as an art piece. It is described as “Combining their travel journal and poetry, you have the art project; Ouroboros. Taylor Allard’s first public art project at nineteen years old tells a story of heartbreak and loneliness.” on it’s ebook page which is very accurate.
Q: What do you feel inspired the creation of Ouroboros?
A: A long list of really shitty experiences that caused me to spiral into a reclusive state where all i did was write and sleep. It all comes from my heart.
Q: What is the significance of the two snakes devouring themselves? Is it linked to any one situation in your book?
A: Ouroboros is normally a snake or dragon eating itself, but I wanted to show two snakes eating themselves because my book talks about my past relationships so much. My cover symbolizes two people creating wholeness (a relationship) but about to eat each other to symbolize all beginnings have an end.
Q: You’ve been public with your followers about a number of issues including (but not limited to) overcoming an eating disorder and coming out as trans. Can we expect to see related topics like these covered?
A: Not in this book, this book is more so my past struggles and relationships put into a poetic format.
Q: Do you think that going through some of the struggles that you have, has influenced you positively in terms of as an artist? Has writing this book changed you in any sense?
A: This book has made me so confident in myself and my art as a whole, I really hope that it inspires me to continue on the path of writing.
Q: What type of artwork can we expect to see from you in the future?
A: I just started up a podcast called Acting Childish and writing my second book.
Q: Lastly, what do you hope your readers will take away from Ouroboros?
A: I’m hoping that people will be able to not make the same mistakes I have, but I also hope it allows me to be viewed as an artist.
I’d like to publicly thank Taylor Allard again for taking the time out of their day to answer my questions that I, like many others, was dying to know. Be sure to buy Ouroboros which is officially live on Amazon! For more posts like this, you can stay up to date with Women’s Republic via twitter or Facebook.