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 new work at SPACE, "New Dimensions," presents my latest work heavily inspired by recent life experiences. There are two site-specific installations and a series of new prints. For the installations, I use two different materials (Tyvek and organza), both of which are manipulated by hand. The combination captures my own lived values - dominated by tension, a limited color palette, and a dynamic rhythm. They also reflect my fascination with the power of repetition and the accumulation of time. The prints are, similarly, the emotional response to my day-to-day experiences and embody my internal dialogue as a Japanese artist living here in the U.S. ("New Dimensions" at the show "Materialis" at SPACE Galley. April, 2019)