Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Maggie Taylor has a BA in philosophy from Yale University and an MFA in photography from the University of Florida.
In 1996, after more than ten years as a still-life photographer, Taylor began creating her images digitally. Using ﬂatbed scanners and Adobe Photoshop, Taylor creates unique digital collages that “transport viewers to dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects.” Primarily a ﬁne artist, Taylor also spends some of her time creating cover images for books and music CDs. Her commercial clients include Warner Brothers Music and Penguin Publishing. Her images also appear in the intro to the television show “Ghost Whisperer”.
“Taylor’s images transport viewers to what she describes as “dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects.” The objects that she includes in her works are those “that have wear and tear, a past, a story to tell.” Any one of her images may be made of 60 or more separate layers that together have a cohesive look, like a watercolour or drawing. And the stories they tell are a combination of history, imagination, and literary allusions. Many of the found objects she uses are old, such as photographs from the 19th century. Sometimes there are bits and pieces from the news along with allusions to art history, photographic history and philosophy. “but the most important aspect to the narratives is that they are open to the viewer’s interpretation,” Taylor says. (Preston Contemporary Art)
Taylor’s work is featured in “Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of Dreams”, “Solutions Beginning with A” , and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll . Her images are in numerous public and private collections including Princeton University Art Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Museum of Photography, Seoul. She currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.
To see more of Taylor’s work, visit MaggieTaylor.com.