Maysey Craddock

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

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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Terra Incognita
Terra Incognita
Fade Into Rust
Fade Into Rust
Bay Moon
Bay Moon
Shelter for the Moon
Shelter for the Moon
the mosses
the mosses
Cumberland Trail
Cumberland Trail
Golden Hour
Golden Hour
caught in the tides
caught in the tides
lost in the blue hour
lost in the blue hour
held in the understory
held in the understory
Watershed II
Watershed II
ghosts in the water
ghosts in the water
Night Heron
Night Heron
Sundial
Sundial
Gentle The Dawn
Gentle The Dawn
unraveling the tides
unraveling the tides
Shelter For The Sun
Shelter For The Sun
Red Bluff, At Dusk
Red Bluff, At Dusk
Shadowfall
Shadowfall
Adrift
Adrift
Revelator
Revelator
Terra Incognita
Terra Incognita
gouache and thread on found paper, 47.25x62
2018
Fade Into Rust
Fade Into Rust
gouache and thread on found paper, 13.5x12.75
2018
Bay Moon
Bay Moon
gouache and thread on found paper, 14x15.25
2018
Shelter for the Moon
Shelter for the Moon
gouache and thread on found paper, 47.75x62.5
2018
the mosses
the mosses
gouache and thread on found paper, 21.75x28
2018
Cumberland Trail
Cumberland Trail
gouache and thread on found paper, 21.75x19
2018
Golden Hour
Golden Hour
gouache and thread on found paper, 48x62
2018
caught in the tides
caught in the tides
gouache and thread on found paper, 12.5x11
2018
lost in the blue hour
lost in the blue hour
projected image, gouache and thread on found paper, 60x80
2018
held in the understory
held in the understory
gouache and thread on found paper, 44.75x38
2018
Watershed II
Watershed II
gouache and thread on found paper, 38x44.75
2018
ghosts in the water
ghosts in the water
gouache and thread on found paper, 50x36.25
2018
Night Heron
Night Heron
gouache and thread on found paper, 21.25x23.75
2018
Sundial
Sundial
gouache and thread on found paper, 44.75x33.5
2018
Gentle The Dawn
Gentle The Dawn
gouache and thread on found paper, 18x22.5
2018
unraveling the tides
unraveling the tides
gouache and thread on found paper, 43x52
2018
Shelter For The Sun
Shelter For The Sun
gouache and thread on found paper, 47.5x62.5
2018
Red Bluff, At Dusk
Red Bluff, At Dusk
gouache & thread on found paper, 50x38
2017
Shadowfall
Shadowfall
gouache and thread on found paper, 24.75x21
2016
Adrift
Adrift
gouache and thread on found paper, 17.5x21.5
2013
Revelator
Revelator
gouache, thread on found paper, 17x22
2010