Maggie Taylor

     Maggie Taylor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1961, and graduated from Yale University in 1983 with a BA degree in philosophy.  She received her MFA in photography from the University of Florida in 1987.  Her pictures are a compilation of images, woven together using digital imagery, with photography, a scanner, and a computer. 

      “These digital images begin as a collection of individual objects and backgrounds which I scan into my computer one at a time using a flat-bed scanner instead of a traditional camera.  When an image is completed, I have the digital file printed onto watercolor paper.  Although they are not traditional photographs, I do think of this as a light-sensitive process.”

      Over the past twelve years, Taylor’s work has been shown in more than 40 one-person exhibitions.  Her work has been show in more than 65 group exhibitions, and is represented in many permanent collections.  She is a recipient of a 1996-97 Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship and is currently serving on the national Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education.

     “Creating this work is a learning experience, which I begin with few preconceived notions about the look of the finished image.  Rather than working with a definite theme or philosophical construct in mind, I prefer to work intuitively with the objects themselves.  In my studio I have drawers and shelves filled with all kinds of objects and pieces of text.  I have been creating still-life photographs for over ten years, but the computer has allowed me to incorporate a number of elements I was never able to successfully photograph.  The scanner-as-camera gives very different results from my old view camera with a very shallow depth of field and a darkening around the edges of objects.   Most of all I have grown to like the eerie, multi-colored reflective light generated by the scanner.

   When I was in college I studied philosophy.  I am a person who enjoys reading and spending time alone in my studio.  For some reason these little objects, which I collect and arrange have a resonance for me.  They allow me to tell stories and ask questions.  While the images suggest narratives, they allow the viewer to respond on an individual basis.  The stories I tell are never quite finished.  I wish the viewer to experience a convergence of factual memory and fictional daydream similar to my own internal dialogue in creating the work.  These images are my attempt to unravel the ways in which my thoughts, memories and dreams intermingle.  My hope is for the work to be both playful and disturbing."

     Her numerous awards include the Florida Individual Artist's Fellowship1996-97, She currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education.  One of her digital images was selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York to be displayed as a part of the Arts in Transit Poster series in the Manhattan subways throughout 1999.”

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