Maggie Taylor, born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1961, is an artist who lives at the edge of a small swamp on the outskirts of Gainesville, Florida. She moved to Florida at age 11, where she spent countless hours watching situation comedies and science fiction on television. Later in life, she received a philosophy degree from Yale University, followed by a master’s degree in photography from the University of Florida.
Taylor’s creations exemplify fantastical art, finding inspiration in 19th century photographs, taxidermy specimen, insects, vintage toys, sea shells, and organic artifacts from her own backyard. She enjoys creating “dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects” using digital technologies such as Photoshop to create her visions. Her whimsical prints pull the viewer into the composition, generating an entirely new world before one’s eyes.
Her digital composites have been widely exhibited and collected by many museums including but not limited to: The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The George Eastman House, Rochester; Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville; Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas, Austin; The High Museum, Atlanta; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, and the Museum of Photography, Seoul.