Xanda McCagg is a painter who's work has been shown in both individual and selected group exhibitions in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and internationally in Paris France and Budapest, Hungary. Her abstract compositions, rooted in figurative concepts are made with oil, graphite and collage. McCagg’s work has been collected extensively by private individuals and is also in the Alliance Capital Management collection. .Along with a BFA in Art Education from Boston University she has completed Fellowship and residencies at Can Serrat; Spain, C.A.M.A.C Marnay Sur Seine, France, The American Academy Rome; Italy, Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, The Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams MA, and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT. She balances her time between painting and running her business: Art Introductions, art tours and events with a social twist. McCagg keeps a studio in Chelsea, NYC where her work can be seen by appointment.
At the core of my work is a fascination with the human experience. As an artist, I am observing and commenting on the human condition on both an intimate and global level. Exploring those points of contact between a solitary individual and her/his/its environment takes me to the untouched mental and physical space that separates us from and connects us to one another. The dichotomies we are affected by and that define us are the root and structure that informs my work. While my work is abstract, the strength of my paintings comes from my training in the classical figurative tradition. I use classical principles both literally and metaphorically as the source vocabulary from which I develop my compositions. More specifically I am beginning to experiment with the addition of small pieces of collage to a canvas; accenting a central canvas with smaller canvases; and layering lines and shapes to develop the ‘accidental form.’ I am deeply interested in how a mark or color creates a shift that affects the entire composition. Central to my work is the analogy of line to form, light, color, and to the spaces these describe. My work continues to explore the fine line between perception and imagination through an articulation of compositional effects. Using line and form, I determine how much or how little information is necessary to communicate these shifts and impressions. Ultimately, I search for a balance in my work that evokes a whole world of connections.
Lives and works in New York, NY