Maureen McCabe was born and raised in Wollaston, Massachusetts,
outside of Boston. She studied painting and sculpture at the Rhode
Island School of Design and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her early
experiments in assemblage were motivated by the aftermath of an auto
accident when she was a student. McCabe has since created an oeuvre
that combines drawn images with toys, coins, books, cards, and
countless varieties of found objects.
McCabe's constructions employ densely arranged symbols to explore
themes of magic and mythology, tragedy and wit. Black is a key formal
element of her work. Slate—including the kind used for school boards—is
often the ground of her pieces, serving both as a compositional d
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