Xanda McCaggAmerican, b. 1959
Xanda McCagg creates vibrant abstract paintings that are informed by classical principles. Balance is achieved by subtle marks and comparatively vast color fields. Working in stained glass for many years, McCagg’s paintings communicate shifts between positive and negative space, light and dark, form and line. The daughter of a sculptor, three-dimensional compositions inform her work and she is influenced by sculptors Richard Serra and Bernini as well as two-dimensional artists including Cy Twombly, Lee Krasner and Francis Bacon.
The artist explains “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 a global and an intimate level. Exploring those points of contact between a solitary individual and their environment takes me to the untouched mental and physical space that both separates us from and connects us to one another. The dichotomies we are affected by and that which define us are the root and structure behind the work.”
Xanda McCagg’s work has been shown in both individual and selected group exhibitions in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, and internationally in Budapest, Hungary and Paris, France. McCagg’s work has been collected extensively by private individuals and is also in the Alliance Capital Management collection. She has completed fellowships and residencies at 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. McCagg lives and works in New York City.