"The physical properties are not separate from the meaning of the work. They are inextricably bound".
Canadian-born artist, Medrie MacPhee, is known for her architecturally abstract works that combine painting and collage to illicit pensive engagement, allowing for an almost illusive and ethereal commentary on the layered aspects of understanding.
MacPhee received a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to New York in 1976. A self-proclaimed progenitor of "complicating the conversation", MacPhee's works seek provide engagement based on her use of mixed-media to create material surfaces that feel both oddly familiar and strangely separate.
Preferring to stay within the frame of a canvas, MacPhee uses ordinary materials and paint to identify "real things" as a part of the narrative of our subterranean layers, where language becomes malleable, and our interaction with ourselves and others subsumes the need for sound. Elusive in nature, MacPhee's works draw viewers in and allow them space to posit the many ways in which we continue to shift.
MacPhee's work continues to be exhibited across Canada, the U.S. and throughout Europe. Her works can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal, among others. MacPhee continues to work and live in Brooklyn, New York.