I believe I fell in love this past April 20th, on the last day of Maggie Taylor's exhibition at the Polk Museum of Art. I made it a point to see the work of this wonderfully gifted photo/artist in person. It is one thing to see an artist's work as presented in a book, or even online, but it is truly enchanting to be able to see original works in person, especially when that artist prints their own work.
The first time you see an exquisitely printed silver gelatin print, or an original, hand printed platinum print, you can't help but fall in love. Standing up close and personal with this collection of Maggie Taylor's work called "No Ordinary Days", I was drawn into her enchanted world and felt enthralled by the sheer excellence of a Master of the craft.
I have known Maggie's work for a number of years, but this was the first opportunity I had to see it "live" as it were. One compelling aspect of her work is that she has clearly established her own language of images. There are so many little nuances and subtle surprises that delight the viewer in these images, beyond any thoughts about their "meaning". I love the titles Maggie gives many of her works. Both titles and images often have a profound and humorous quality. It would be such an amazing thing to see some creative form of collaboration between Maggie and the Cirque du Soleil folks!
I highly recommend exploring Maggie's work if you haven't already. Immerse yourself in her strange, delightful world, and if you have the chance of good fortune to see her work in person, do so! Buy the book as a wonderful keepsake, but let the original prints envelope you. I remember thinking as I walked around the room where her prints were hung, that I would so love to own one.