Mary McCarthy
Most recently, my paintings reflect how structure can become a continuation and expansion of ideas. Colors can be used to create balance or harmony, but can also destabilize a work in order to create perceptual or spatial ambiguities. I see this potential for color shift within a painting’s structure, as a metaphor for a general conflict between order and chaos, forces that create a necessary and important tension in my paintings. By using color in a more intuitive and subjective way, my recent work has developed into more structural limitations of my previous grid paintings.











Untitled, oil on wood panel, 27" x 30"