Sigrid McCabe (b.1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
lives and works in Magdalena, New Mexico)
studied at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and Columbia University. McCabe
creates figurative sculptures that are influenced by
folklore and natural history to explore the wisdom
of animals along with the economy of nature.
McCabe's exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York, NY, and
group exhibitions in New York, NY at The Drawing
Center, Art in General, Victoria Munroe Gallery,
Tower Gallery among others.
Sigrid McCabe's sculpture uses the tradition of combining human
and animal forms to explore the meaning of our experiences.
The figures emote qualities through the gaze, the gesture, dance
and color. All of the work is glazed ceramic stoneware.
with Catherine DeMaria in 2014
Warehouse 1-10 Contemporary Art,
CD: What inspired you to create the early totems in wood?
SM: I was grouping female forms in a line up,
gesturing against the wall, some vying for
attention, some choosing to be a wallflower. They were very exposed as if baring all in a
dance recital. The figures were cut out of
plywood and were larger than life. Often I
used clay mixed with polymer to add some
anatomical details for dimension & shadows.
CD: What inspires you to create the hybrid beings you are now creating?
SM: When I look back through my work there
is a continuum--there are people, plants and animals. There is often some sort of motion through time, like by combining music and dance, or human and animal. Some are
CD: Your work seems archetypical to me.
How do you feel about that?
SM: Well I do believe that humans inherit or learn from a collective unconscious. This
unconscious understanding of life and of each
other may depend to a degree on the given
culture we are born into. I am definitely drawn
to making work that contains a story that
people can relate to without reading a caption.