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Maggie Taylor

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Since 1997 I have been using a flatbed scanner and a computer instead of a traditional camera as my primary tools for capturing fragments of reality. I frequent flea markets and search on the internet for objects that pique my curiosity. Then in my studio I scan each element into my computer separately and begin to layer and arrange them along with some of my drawings and small digital photographs. Using my computer I am able to play with these layers in much the same way that I worked with objects in my studio for a still life photograph. Although my images are not traditional photographs, I definitely think of my scanner as a light-sensitive recording device which I use to sample bits and pieces of the world around me. I rarely photograph contemporary people-I prefer recycling 19th century photographs of unknown people.

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