Taiko Chandler is an artist working primarily in printmaking. She was born and raised in Japan. Since 1998, she has lived in Sheffield in the United Kingdom, Miami FL, Austin TX, and is currently living in Denver CO. While professionally trained as a nurse, she has always been interested in art and a variety of expressive media. After taking a printmaking workshop at the Art Students League of Denver in 2011, she found herself in art - a way to express herself freely. Ever since, she has been pushing the limits of printmaking, while using other media to express her inner vision. Her work has been exhibited in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, and is in collections in Japan and the U.S. She is represented by SPACE Gallery in Denver and co-publishes her work with Oehme Graphics and, more recently, with Flatbed Press (Austin, TX).
My work is a reaction to the natural and the artificial that surround us - a complex interaction that layers human construction onto natural evolution. The persistent tension between forces that both conflict and complement each other creates lines and patterns that interact and fragment. I internalize this tension as a Japanese woman living in America. Creating art helps me to think through my identity as it evolves at the intersection of these two cultures. The challenge is to express the resulting dialogue in my work. I make my work intuitively; then I reflect. Afterwards, I return to my work to allow my instincts to guide the iterative process. Printmaking is the medium that most effectively allows me to realize my ideas. It enables me to incorporate the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life, using patterns and layers of color to transform a space. It is intense and compelling. It generates fascinating, yet unpredictable results. The serendipitous nature of the process encourages the constant exploration of new vehicles for my art, whether through mixed media, painting, or three-dimensional sculpture and installations.