Maggie Taylor, The Moth House, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2012, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor.
Maggie Taylor’s exhibition at the Verve Gallery Opening Reception & Book Signing 17 May, 2013, in Sante Fe New Mexico, continues her characteristic style of scanning and enhancing daguerreotypes, tintypes, figurines, illustrations and photographs for which she then creates extraordinary surrealistic settings for vintage-like portraits. On view now through 22 June, 2013, is a selection of images from No Ordinary Days, a recent publication that is a survey of Taylor’s work from 1998 until 2012. Taylor will be in attendance for the opening reception 17 May, 2013 from 5-7pm, and the book, No Ordinary Days, will be available for purchase and signing.
Maggie Taylor, Moving On, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2012, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor.
Considered one of the most important artist of contemporary digital photography, Taylor chooses the subjects of her prints, scans old photographs or drawings, then manipulates them and finally reassembles with Photoshop, creating a dreamlike, surreal world. Visionary and mysterious images, where animals and people, places and things coexist together, in a fantasy world, located on the border between dreams and reality.
Maggie Taylor, The Garden Game, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2013, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor.
Maggie Taylor, Ever After, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 2010, Courtesy Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico © Maggie Taylor.
No Ordinary Days by Maggie Taylor, Hardcover, 2013
Maggie Taylor creates thought-provoking, surrealistic, painterly montages that combine history and imagination, rich in symbolism and meaning, in a genre often described as altered or fabricated photography. This retrospective of Taylor’s work covers 1998 – 2012, showcasing 120 beautiful full-color images and includes an essay by noted photography critic A. D. Coleman.
Maggie Taylor earned a BA degree in Philosophy from Yale University, and an MFA degree in Photography from the University of Florida. After more than ten years as a still-life photographer, in the 90’s she began to use the scanner and computer to create her digital photomontage images. Her work is featured in Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscapes of Dreams, published by Peach Pit Press, Berkley in 2005; and Solutions Beginning with A, Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, 2007; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland published by Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, 2008; and, Album, published by Edizioni Siz, Verona, Italy, 2009. Maggie’s most recent book No Ordinary Days, is published by the University of Florida Press, 2013.
Taylor’s images have been widely exhibited and have been collected by many museums including: The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The George Eastman House, Rochester; the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville; the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin; The High Museum, Atlanta; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Art Museum, Princeton University; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Santa Barbara. She lives and works in Florida with her husband American photographer Jerry Uelsmann -the forerunner of photomontage in the 20th century in America.