Holly McCabe currently resides in Rhinebeck, New York, as a multimedia artist and educator indulging in material crossovers, combinations, and transformations. Sewing fabrics, molding wire armatures, painting onto board and canvas, and manipulating pixels, Holly explores the idea of physical surface, as well as what lies beneath. These translate into various incarnations of what it is to be human, jointly viewed through the categorical lenses of realism, expressionism, abstraction, and formalism.
From seasoned student to maturing artist, Holly graduated with a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Gettysburg College in 1999, a BFA in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, an MA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz in 2005, and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2016. Holly worked as a high school art teacher from 2002-2013, and is currently a full time Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York, specializing in 2D design, graphic design, drawing, fashion illustration, animation, and web design. Though her personal work initially focused on drawing and painting, Holly's recent collection features fiber arts, textiles, and large scale soft sculpture installation spaces. Holly's fabric sculptures, encaustic work, clothing designs, and self-portraits continue to be a staple feature at a variety of shops and galleries around the Hudson Valley.
fleece, stretch fabric (cotton, polyester, nylon blends), interlock thread, cotton batting, fabric scraps, wire armature
fleece, stretch fabric (cotton, polyester, nylon, faux leather, vinyl blends), handmade paper, interlock thread, cotton batting, wire armature
fabric (cotton, polyester, nylon, wool, faux fur blends), interlock thread, stretch canvas
encaustic wax, pigment, fabric (cotton, polyester, nylon blends), stretch canvas
artrage studio pro, tablet computer, laserjet printer
color chalk pastel, charcoal, paper (various)
oil paints, turpenoid, stretch canvas
adobe dreamweaver, adobe brackets, html5, css style sheets
I see what tends to be left unseen. Insights. Perceptions. Sensations. This idea has followed me throughout my art-making, which rebounds from my previous representational portraiture. As an alternative to the externality of an outright mirror, the reflection in this new work comes from within. I instill comfort, nostalgia, nature, and memory as I literally and figuratively peel, tear, sew, stretch, and shield various formal abstract elements. It is at times delicate. It is at times heavy. It is raw. It is tactile. It manifests as line-based compositions, sculptural relief, series-based installation, and objects in space. I flirt with texturally rich, visceral, strange, yet familiar surfaces, akin to muslin bed sheets, fur scraps, ephemeral draperies, or a favorite wool sweater. These things beg to be touched. Beg to be loved. But, may also invoke a need to recoil and retreat. It is this strange yet balanced dichotomy that I find fascinating. Self-preservation. Self-destruction. And here I remain, hovering comfortably amid their respective orbits.