Quotes by: Sam Taylor Wood
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.
I've been through plenty in my life where I've really had to focus on the day ahead... because, as I know, the future is, you know, whatever the future is... Once you've stared mortality that hard in the face, you really seize the day.
I went to Goldsmith College of Art in London in the '80s and there I made sculptures, but the objects had nothing to do with how I was thinking. I was making beautifully sanded wooden boxes!
I took on cancer like I take on everything - like a mission and a job to accomplish.
I love life. I think it's fantastic. Sometimes it deals hard things, and when it deals great things, you have to seize them.
Sometimes, I get afraid it has defined me, that sense of grief, loss and illness. But actually, it is about allowing myself to take hold and say: 'This is part of who I am, but not only who I am.'
I've turned into one of those people who go jogging in parks that I used to hate.
If someone looks genuinely interested and asks me a deeply personal question, I'll give the answer. I'm too open.
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the greatest actors of our age; he's like Olivier. He's one of those people who can take you into a place where no one else can take you.
I never thought of having cancer as something that was unfair. I just braced myself and tried to get through it.
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.
I wanted to become an artist because it meant endless possibilities. Art was a way of reinventing myself.
I always say, and I truly believe this, that my work is three steps ahead of me. I have an idea for something and I tend to feel like it's leading me and I'll follow the process through, and it's not until after I've seen it that I truly understand why I'm doing this.
Britain can sometimes feel like a very small village, and you're this, I dunno, scarlet woman they're all gossiping about.
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.
I love karaoke. I love maudlin country ballads. In another life, I'd be Loretta Lynn.
After I left college, I went to work at the Royal Opera House in London, which became a real catalyst for me because it made me realize that I was interested in cinema and in the way life is thrust at you. So I started making films.
I seize all opportunities with two hands. Everything that's happened to me has taught me to live in the moment as much as possible.
I suppose I didn't cry in all the cancer crap stuff because I felt I couldn't lose the battle, and part of the battle was holding myself together.
My childhood had its challenges, like everyone's. It imbued me with certain things and took away others. It made me very determined.