Place has such an effect on McCagg's work. This painting was created while she was in New England, rather than in her New York studio.
When working in a square format, Xanda McCagg is focusing solely on composition. In this painting, as soon as she made the red line, she was forced to suddenly rethink the space - creating a new space that she had not been working with. This spontaneity and response to each new mark is at the core of her working process and reflects her ideas about human interaction.
McCagg's work is informed and influenced by formal elements such as line and space, which provide an underlying aesthetic vocabulary for her compositions.
From the artist’s studio