Maysey Craddock

b. 1971, Memphis, TN
Entropy, the silver lining of decay, is a kind of temporal march that leaves the soul intact.
Cloudfall
Cloudfall

Best known for her visceral gouache paintings of ephemeral landscapes, Maysey Craddock examines the dualities and mysteries of nature and those relationships to space and time. Through saturated earth tones and translucent elemental layers, she depicts the spaces in between, the interactions of nature and architecture, and what happens beyond the grasp of human control. Her scenes are dense and fluid, with trees, rivers, and roots figuring prominently as metaphors of the eternal cycles of death and rebirth, and the inevitability of entropy. Beginning with photographs, her process layers intricate drawings and performative painting onto found objects (typically brown paper bags that have been carefully embroidered together) - a conceptual regeneration mirroring the geological processes she depicts. Like the cycles of the sun, her work transports the viewer into a meditative place that is nostalgic and rhythmic, yet fragile, hopeful, and wild - an opportunity to begin, again.

Maysey Craddock was born in 1971 in Memphis, TN and currently lives and works in Memphis. She received an MFA from Maine College of Art, Portland, ME and a BA in Sculpture and Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans. Throughout her career spanning over 20 years, she has participated in numerous solo exhibitions across the United States and Germany, including the Museum of the University of Mississippi; Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas; Sears Peyton Gallery, New York; Washington and Lee University, Virginia; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York; Taylor Bercier Fine Art, New Orleans; James F. Byrnes Institute, Stuttgart, Germany; Pan American Art Projects, Dallas, TX; Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle; The Foyer, Munich, Germany; Maine College of Art; and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Her work has been included in a plethora of group exhibitions and in the collections of many institutions and organizations, including the Brooks Museum of Art; The Arkansas Arts Center; Music City Center, Nashville; Austin Peay State University, Clarksville; Charles Hotel, Munich; FedEx; First Bank, Nashville; NexAir; Pfizer Corporation; St. Mary’s Episcopal School and The Assisi Foundation in Memphis. She has received numerous awards, grants and residencies, including the Tennessee Artist Fellowship from Austin Peay State University; an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission; Artist in Residence at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany; Artist in Residence at Maine College of Art; and sculpture and painting residencies at the Vermont Studio Center.

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Cloudfall
Cloudfall
Moss and Flame
Moss and Flame
High Summer Noon
High Summer Noon
Minnows
Minnows
Palmetto Tide
Palmetto Tide
Phantom Palms
Phantom Palms
in the still of the morning
in the still of the morning
Leaf-sound, moss dream
Leaf-sound, moss dream
in the sunken lands
in the sunken lands
Ghostwood
Ghostwood
Penumbra
Penumbra
Silvering the Tide
Silvering the Tide
firefly
firefly
a forest adrift
a forest adrift
written on the water
written on the water
remember the mountain, remember the sea
remember the mountain, remember the sea
The Swing
The Swing
saltwater sands
saltwater sands
the calm beneath the storm
the calm beneath the storm
Cloudfall
Cloudfall
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper bags, 48x61.5
2022
Moss and Flame
Moss and Flame
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper bags, 48x36.25
2022
High Summer Noon
High Summer Noon
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper bags, 47.5x62
2022
Minnows
Minnows
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper bags, 46.5x28.5
2022
Palmetto Tide
Palmetto Tide
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper bag, 40x57.5
2022
Phantom Palms
Phantom Palms
gouace, flase and thread on found paper, 50x38
2021
in the still of the morning
in the still of the morning
gouache, flashe and thread on paper bags, 47.5x36
2021
Leaf-sound, moss dream
Leaf-sound, moss dream
gouache & thread on paper bags, 50x38
2021
in the sunken lands
in the sunken lands
gouache, flashe and thread on paper bags, 38x49.75
2021
Ghostwood
Ghostwood
gouache and thread on found paper, 21.5x17.5
2021
Penumbra
Penumbra
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper, 19.75x17
2020
Silvering the Tide
Silvering the Tide
gouache & thread on paper bags, 48x61.5
2021
firefly
firefly
gouache, flashe and thread on paper bags, 28x36
2021
a forest adrift
a forest adrift
gouache and thread on found paper, 32x46.5
2021
written on the water
written on the water
gouache and thread on found paper, 16x19
2020
remember the mountain, remember the sea
remember the mountain, remember the sea
gouache and thread on found paper, 61.5x47.5
2019
The Swing
The Swing
gouache and thread on found paper, 13.5x11.25
2018
saltwater sands
saltwater sands
gouache and thread on found paper, 11.25x9.75
2018
the calm beneath the storm
the calm beneath the storm
gouache and thread on found paper, 13.5x11.25
2017

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