Maysey Craddock

unfolding shores

15 November - 23 December
OPENING: Friday 18 November, 6-8pm
TALK: Saturday 10 December, 11am
Falling into sky), 2016, gouache and thread on found paperl, 27x21”

Late this year David Lusk Gallery exhibits the new paintings and drawings by Maysey Craddock. The show, unfolding shores, is inspired by the illusory space between land and sea. Gouache paintings on found and stitched paper and drawings on vintage wallpaper over board serve as visual explorations of ever changing coastlines: imagined and actual, shifting between water and land, vacillating between disappearing and becoming.

“My work,” Craddock states, “has always referenced borders and the in-between, liminal spaces. Places that become another kind of reality, that are slippages between here and there, past and present, between the beyond and us. Maybe there is some eternal sense of time, history, memory that gets captured in this space. Maybe paying attention to these images in the landscape situates us in the present moment in a new way.”

With the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina recently behind us, and ever-growing concerns about climate change, Craddock’s carefully considered images present the shore beautifully and proudly, yet they remind us of its fragile transience and ultimate decline.

These interpretations culminate in a visual back-and-forth, with references of entropy and the inevitability of change as land disappears and is re-deposited. In the present environment the coastline is an active ruin, constantly being reinvented. Man has a hand in this – controlling this progression, desperately hemming in, reinforcing, and engineering an illusory state of stasis. What remains through the work is a documentation of the diminishing “real” that remains.

While, conceptually Craddock is concerned with humankind’s destruction of the shoreline, formally she is interested in abstraction, allowing herself to get lost in the interstices and details of each image. Beginning with the photograph of a landscape, Craddock breaks each image down to its integral lines, shapes, and colors. This process allows her to think about each image in a new way, challenging her process and use of materials.

In Falling into Sky, intricate shapes weave in and out of one another to create the illusion of a reflection one might see in a body of water. Rich gouache sits next to textured found and sewn paper while pale yellows and blues create the subtle transition from day to night. Layers of sewn paper and jumbled tree limbs suggest the density of the surrounding land, reminding us of nature’s seemingly never ending richness.

Beyond David Lusk Gallery, Craddock is represented in Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles. Craddock has been the recipient of several fellowship awards and has participated in artist residencies throughout the US and Germany. She lives and works in Memphis and the Alabama Gulf Coast.

David Lusk Gallery is located at 97 Tillman. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 11-4. For more information or visuals please contact Amelia Briggs at 615.780.9990 or amelia@davidluskgallery.com.

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