Medrie MacPhee

About the Artist

Medrie MacPhee is originally from Edmonton, Alberta, but has lived in New York City since 1976. She described the attraction of the big city in a 1989 article by Adele Freedman, “I always loved architecture. The reason I moved to New York was that I loved the way the city looked - dramatic changes in scale, death and rebirth, the fantasy element.” (Freedman, 1989)

MacPhee studied briefly at the University of Regina in the early 1970s before attending the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1975. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 1976.

In works like Reservoirs (presented in the Attention to the Environment theme) MacPhee uses images from her environment and transforms the atmosphere to create an unreal, mysterious quality similar to the  surrealistSurrealism is an art movement in the early 20th century based on dreams, and the subconscious, and the distortion of representations.  tradition. She also combines traces of human activity with industrial elements and locates them within a barren landscape to imply ideas related to nature, technology and deterioration.

MacPhee is an established artist and has had numerous exhibitions around the world. Many of her works are in prestigious public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Her career beyond her painting practice includes teaching and writing.

MacPhee has held teaching positions at Columbia University, Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, and Sarah Lawrence College. She also was artist-in-residence at Bard College at Annadale-on-Hudson, New York In 1991. In 2003 and 2004, she ventured into the film industry and co-authored a TV drama entitled Love Is A Gamble and a short feature film titled Nights Noontime.


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