Taiko was born and raised in Nagano, Japan. Since 1998, she has lived in Sheffield in the United Kingdom, Miami FL, Austin TX, and is currently living and working as an artist in Denver CO. Her work has been exhibited in Colorado, New Mexico, and in Texas, and is in collections in the U.S. and Japan. While professionally trained as a nurse, she has always been interested in art and expressed that interest via a variety of media. Since being introduced to monotype printmaking, she has been absorbed by it.
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 art. The resulting work has been described as follows: "Taiko Chandler's monotypes and monoprints are energetic explorations investigating the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life. Her works are created through a process of pushing and pulling layers of color and pattern, creating serendipitous and compelling compositions."