Cassie Taggart

Artist’s Statement:

I grew up in the house of Aaron Burr’s many mistresses. An ancient brownstone that told of the past. It was possessed of a temperamental broiler that constantly broke down forcing on many mornings to heat our bath water on the stove. It created in me a sense of existing in multiple places, times, and realities all at the same moment.

My childhood tended toward odd artistic pursuits, I carved tiny flying saucers  and sewed a thousand wee pillows, each methodically “designed” and given out to baffled relatives. When I was eight or so, the streets surrounding our house were closed to traffic, covered with crisp white paper, and smeared with bloody animal parts. It was a hallucinatory sight, an indelible image of the quirks of reality and it has stayed with me.  I thought it was a dream, too strange to be real.

I am fascinated by the idea of multiple truths, I want to create them, I want them to thrive in my paintings as they do in life. There is a  line we straddle between dream and reality, between one truth and another.  Reality is pliable, as any criminal attorney will tell you, and for every perspective, there is a different truth.

At once sarcastic and sincere, Cassie Taggart’s comi-tragic tableaus invite the viewer into a world dynamically and intentionally at odds with itself. In scenes with eclectic interiors and eccentric inhabitants, Taggart layers humor with tragedy, depravity with purity, the mundane with the mysterious.

Born in 1967 in Alexandria, VA, Taggart was raised in New York City. Academically trained in painting, with a Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has also studied in Sienna, Italy and New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited in New York City, Washington, DC, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Education:
1986-90 BFA, Painting and Printmaking
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
1998 Sienna, Italy – Summer Program
1979-85 Friends Seminary

Exhibitions:
2004 Zenith Gallery, "Isolation & Intimacy," Washington, DC
2003 Signal 66, “Summer show,” Washington, DC
2003 Gallery in the Garden, Hawk Mountain, PA
2003 Signal 66, “To Be Continued,” Washington, DC
2002 2003 Espuma, solo show, Rehoboth, DE
1996 1999, 2002 Back Porch restaurant, solo show, Rehoboth, DE
2000 Nassau Valley Vineyards, solo show, Lewes, DE
2000 Rehoboth Art League, solo show, Rehoboth, DE
1999 Strathmore Fine Arts Exhibit, Rockville, MD
1997 1998, 1999 Blue Moon, solo show, Rehoboth, DE
1996 Glen Echo Yellow Barn, group show, Glen Echo, MD
1993 1994 Aaron Gallery, group show, Washington, DC
1993 1994, 1995 Atlantic Gallery, group show, New York, NY
1993 Twinbrook Winery, solo show, Gap, PA
1992 Corcoran Connection Gallery, group show, Washington, DC