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 Maureen McCabe  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: assemblage-boxes, collage

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Biography from Hollis Taggart Galleries (Artists, P-R):

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 device to set objects and images in relief and as an homage to her stonemason forebears in Ireland and to her family’s history of teaching.

McCabe weaves the disparate elements of her collages into rich layers of imagery and association.  These complex narratives of ancient mythology, Celtic history, and popular soothsaying are presented in a forthright, almost iconic manner, creating shrewd, astute riddles with a multiplicity of possible answers.  Despite the tragic themes that often predominate in her work, McCabe offers elements of wonder and hopeful reverence.  As she explains, “Ancient magic might save the day.”

Since 1971, McCabe has taught at Connecticut College, where she is the Joanne Toor Cummings ’50 Professor of Art.  She has earned numerous prominent residencies, including Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the American Academy in Rome.

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