Alexandra Dawn Taggart is recognizable for her paintings of the American West—landscapes that, like a montage, are pieced together from multiple vantage points of a single place or places.
Born and raised in New York City, Taggart was later drawn to the collage-like quality of the American Southwest landscape: the seemingly disparate elements layered one over the other yet coming together as a harmonious whole. A vivid example can be seen in Moab, Utah, where one can note the stark contrast between the snow-capped mountain range of La Sal in the background and the sculptural sandstone arches of the foreground. Often observing this sort of juxtaposition with deep fascination, Taggart has thus sought to make them prominent in her landscapes.
Human figures are also a part of Taggart’s landscapes. These modern-day figures are hikers, climbers, or explorers who relate to and engage intimately with the landscape. From the viewer’s vantage point, they’re embarking on a journey whose destination is open, and they’re doing so with a sense of awe, wonder, courage, curiosity, and peace.
Before she started painting full-time, Taggart spent nearly a decade designing handbags in New York City's fashion industry. She was also an adjunct instructor of Accessories Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
Taggart is a wife, Zen Buddhist, and outdoor enthusiast. She and her husband Andrew, a practical philosopher, currently live in New Mexico.
1982, Brooklyn, New York
Lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico
2006, Associate in Applied Science, Accessories Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, New York
2005, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2019, Joshua Tree National Park Exposition juried exhibition, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms, California
2018, Stone Age Art Show, Stone Age Climbing Gym, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2017, Joshua Tree National Park Exposition juried exhibition, 29 Palms Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms, California
2017, Crossroads: A Sanctuary for Spirituality, Fresh Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012, Adjunct Instructor of Accessories Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, New York
2005-2012, Senior handbag designer, various companies, Manhattan, New York
2019, Hemera Foundation Contemplative Fellowship, Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
2017, Hemera Foundation Contemplative Fellowship, Zen Mountain Monastery, Mount Tremper, New York