Birds of a Feather, 2007
Lent by the artist
Museum visitors are invited to bring their imaginations and fall down the rabbit hole as the Ball State University Museum of Art presents Almost Alice: New Illustrations of Wonderland by American artist Maggie Taylor. The exhibition features original images she created for a new edition of the classic Lewis Carroll story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The 45 digital-inkjet prints in the exhibition blur the boundary between photography and illustration. To make the images, Taylor scanned original nineteenth century photographs, line drawings, and illustrations, then combined them with her own landscape photography. The results are inventive and ironic, a visual surrealism that suits its subject matter.
"What makes this exhibition interesting is the way the artist combines Lewis Carroll's nineteenth century sensibilities—his fantasy as well as his political satire—and the photomedia of that era, such as daguerreotypes, with the digital manipulation capabilities of our own era," said Director Peter Blume. "By doing so, Taylor's singular presentation makes Carroll's story, and therefore the exhibition, meaningful to a whole new audience."
Taylor earned her MFA in photography from the University of Florida. For approximately ten years she worked with a camera and film making still-life images in her studio and garden. In 1996 Taylor began working digitally. By placing objects directly on the glass top of a scanner she is able to make an unusual type of digital image which has photographic qualities.
Almost Alice: New Illustrations of Wonderland by Maggie Taylor is organized by Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, and toured by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California.
Exhibition Date: January 16, 2009 - March 20, 2009
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