|Inspired and indebted to mythology, photographer Margaret McCarthy brings the eye of a poet to her photography, exploring archetypes of myth and dream in her imagery.
Her artistic vision is a transcendent one, concerned with human imagination and spirit. Her landscapes capture mobile light and weather, conveying the fecund creativity of the natural world.
Her techniques include working with B&W infrared film, using images in sequences, and collage.
Her extensive career includes exhibitions at the Fogg Art Museum, the Overseas Press Club and The Hudson River Museum, as well as numerous galleries, universities and public exhibition spaces (See list of exhibitions). Her “Divine Feminine” series is now part of the Kinsey Institute Art Collection.
A few of the fine art publications where her work has appeared include: ARTZEALOUS ( “Photographer to Watch in 2016”), LENSCRATCH, MUSEÈ Magazine, aCURATOR, LE JOURNAL de la PHOTOGRAPHIE, Elizabeth Avedon’s Photography BlogSpot, ARTS AND LETTERS JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, WRITING ON WATER (MIT Press), PARABOLA Magazine, IN PRAISE OF THE MUSE: Women Artists Datebook, and COMBINATIONS: A JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
"Inspired and indebted to mythology... McCarthy succeeds in creating a sense of 'otherworldiness' in her compositions... The women depicted bear an unusual sensuality, ethereal yet earthy. They are workers of magic and enchantment; they have a Druidic power... mysterious and forbidding, yet sensuous and approachable."
"With the eye of the poet and the clarity of the camera, McCarthy has singled out Ireland's magnificant [landscape]... Her vantage point is challeged by the mobile weather and the intriguing light of the moment. She captures it brilliantly..."
"Many of the photographs have a painterly feeling to them"