Maysey Craddock

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

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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Ghostwood
Ghostwood
Eventides
Eventides
Penumbra
Penumbra
A River Unfurled
A River Unfurled
a forest adrift
a forest adrift
Rising From a Deeper Dream
Rising From a Deeper Dream
Shelter from the Tides
Shelter from the Tides
Garden Song
Garden Song
lost in the waves
lost in the waves
nothing gold can stay
nothing gold can stay
Sylvan Tide
Sylvan Tide
shadowtracking
shadowtracking
Forgotten Dreams
Forgotten Dreams
Orb Weaver
Orb Weaver
holding a distant sun
holding a distant sun
a fragment shore
a fragment shore
Moonwaters
Moonwaters
at rest
at rest
lay me down gently
lay me down gently
A Parting
A Parting
A Delicate Balance
A Delicate Balance
Downstreaming
Downstreaming
Phantom Drift
Phantom Drift
Ghostwood
Ghostwood
gouache and thread on found paper, 21.5x17.5
2021
Eventides
Eventides
gouache and thread on found paper, 13.75x17.25
2021
Penumbra
Penumbra
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper, 19.75x17
2020
A River Unfurled
A River Unfurled
gouache, thread on found paper, 16.5x20.75
2021
a forest adrift
a forest adrift
gouache and thread on found paper, 32x46.5
2021
Rising From a Deeper Dream
Rising From a Deeper Dream
gouache and thread on found paper, 54x72
2020
Shelter from the Tides
Shelter from the Tides
goauche, flashe and thread on found paper, 40x58
2020
Garden Song
Garden Song
gouache and thread on found paper, 12x12
2020
lost in the waves
lost in the waves
gouache and thread on found paper, 10x10
2020
nothing gold can stay
nothing gold can stay
gouache and thread on found paper, 37x28
2020
Sylvan Tide
Sylvan Tide
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper, 44x33
2020
shadowtracking
shadowtracking
gouache and thread on found paper, 12x9.75
2020
Forgotten Dreams
Forgotten Dreams
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper, 10x9
2020
Orb Weaver
Orb Weaver
gouache and thread on found paper, 47x61
2020
holding a distant sun
holding a distant sun
gouache and thread on found paper, 12x12.5
2020
a fragment shore
a fragment shore
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper, 17x30
2020
Moonwaters
Moonwaters
gouache and thread on found paper, 50x38
2020
at rest
at rest
gouache and thread on found paper, 10x10
2020
lay me down gently
lay me down gently
gouache and thread on found paper, 17x30
2020
A Parting
A Parting
gouache, flashe and thread on found paper, 21.5x18.75
2020
A Delicate Balance
A Delicate Balance
gouache and thread on found paper, 11.75x10
2019
Downstreaming
Downstreaming
gouache on found paper, 10.5x11.5
2020
Phantom Drift
Phantom Drift
goauche and thread on found paper, 38.25x50.5
2019

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