About McCagg’s work, Jaquelyn Tuerk, Professor of Art History at Kean University in New Jersey, said:
“McCagg's ephemeral subject matter is space itself in relation to form. The viewer is left with a feeling of capturing a glimpse of something essential, but only for a moment as the line evolves from one mark to the next. McCagg's images articulate peace, in a lyrical, soft, and complex undulation of unexpected interactions…the space opens so as to give the sensation to the viewer of walking into an alternative world of palimpsest forms, where imagination challenges perception.”
Place has such an effect on McCagg's work. This painting was created while she was in New England, rather than in her New York studio.
When working in a square format, Xanda McCagg is focusing solely on composition. In this painting, as soon as she made the red line, she was forced to suddenly rethink the space - creating a new space that she had not been working with. This spontaneity and response to each new mark is at the core of her working process and reflects her ideas about human interaction.
McCagg's work is informed and influenced by formal elements such as line and space, which provide an underlying aesthetic vocabulary for her compositions.
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Xanda McCagg is an American contemporary painter who once created figurative pieces, but has abandoned that style in favor of abstraction.Read More
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