Maeve McCool is a visual artist who works in a range of mediums including drawing, printmaking, fiber work and installation, with a focus on decay, regrowth, memory and loss.
Through intricately detailed work, McCool studies how consumerist production rises and falls, and how rural communities in the United States emotionally connect to industry versus nature. With a strong sense of place, her work draws from her background in rural Southern New Jersey and urban Wilmington, Delaware, where there is a loss of connection to the land through small farming, compounded by the environmental and economical impact of large corporations. McCool addresses these concepts with work such as the "Cold Spring House", a series of large-scale ballpoint pen drawings on found fabrics of a dilapidated hotel in the Catskill Mountains, "Neighborhood", a series of drawings and encaustics of McCool's childhood home next to a GM Plant, and "Deep Time (.25 cent bin)", a collection of altered images and letters found in the trash, that draws upon the ideas of shared memory, femininity, and loss.
McCool earned her BA in Fine Art and Art History at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2018, has been a Research Fellow at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and had residencies at the Prattsville Art Center and Future Prairie Art Center. McCool is based in Catskill, New York.
Themes being addressed
This piece, a 3-D representation of my piece “Deep Time (.25 cent bin)” addresses shared memory, lost stories/memories, production/waste, and recycling memories and building new, imagined stories from the lost materials of past generations.
Mediums being used
Found materials, photographs, letters, etc, altered with embroidery, drawing, painting and printmaking, hanging from fishing line on a frame at the top of the “Roost” box.
If possible, I would like to add a submission box to the piece where viewers can write down a story or memory to add to the “shared memory” element of the piece. In addition, I could host an artist talk or hand on workshop to discuss the themes and again ask the community to become a part of the piece itself.
Images of Past Work
Image or Sketch of Current Proposal