Maggie Taylor’s photomontages are like photographic collages, filled with all kinds of mundane and fascinating things. Think flying elephants, dogs wearing goggles and bicycling birds.
“I’m influenced by so much of what I see,” says Taylor, who displays approximately 30 photomontages at photo-eye Gallery from July 7 through September 2. “A lot of items I buy at thrift and antique stores make it into my work.”
In her image “First the Fish Must Be Caught,” Taylor combined an 1840s etching of a fish with an 1880s photo of a child she purchased at an antique store. The child wears a hood that was on a porcelain doll bought at another antique store.
“Some of the photos in the show are from my “Through the Looking Glass” series that I have been working on for the past three years,” explains Taylor, who earned a master’s degree in photography at the University of Florida. “I always do my interpretations of Alice’s adventures.”
An artist who lives at the edge of a prairie populated by cows, alligators and birds on the outskirts of Gainesville, Florida, Taylor has been utilizing digital technology to build her photomontages for more than 20 years. Her work has been displayed in museum shows across the country, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas and The Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, Ohio.
“I work very spontaneously and intuitively, trying to come up with images that have a resonance and a somewhat mysterious narrative content,” she says. “There is no one meaning for any of the images, rather they exist as a kind of visual riddle or open-ended poem, meant to be both playful and provocative.”