Maysey Craddock grew up in Memphis well aware of the Mississippi River’s importance to her region, and then she headed to college in New Orleans, where the river is culturally pervasive. The river itself, the buildings on its banks and flood plains, the trees and topographical landmarks figure prominently in her work. Some of the images are distinct, some fading, some abstract, some are merely impressions or memories of nature. For Craddock, the world is ephemeral.
In her work Craddock uses gouache on paper bags that have been laid flat and stitched together to provide a surface of age and texture. The gouache allows Craddock to layer images like scrims, or veils. In her wire sculptures she often combines recognizable images with found objects, adding weight and heft to the pliable wire. In her video work Craddock brings focus to a seemingly inconspicuous or unimportant site.