Lydia Anne McCarthy

  • Two Angles , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Sacfricial Mountain , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • One x Two , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Two Angles , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Above Below , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Bark Peeled , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Bark Peeled 2 , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Carved Tree , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Crossing , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Disintegration , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Highest Road , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Boulders , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Vortex , 2012 , Photograph, from In A Northern Country Series

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  • Untitled , 2011 , Photograph, from the Shadows and Reflections Series

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  • Untitled , 2011 , Photograph, from the Shadows and Reflections Series

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  • Untitled , 2011 , Photograph, from the Shadows and Reflections Series

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  • Untitled , 2011 , Photograph, from the Shadows and Reflections Series

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  • Untitled , 2011 , Photograph, from the Shadows and Reflections Series

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  • Jessye , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Ginny , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Cameron , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Kate , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Josh , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Almaz , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Antonia , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Meg , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Emily , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Mary Katherine , 2010 , Photograph, from the Refraction Series

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  • Untitled , 2010 , Photograph, from the Still Life Series

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  • Untitled , 2010 , Photograph, from the Still Life Series

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  • Untitled , 2010 , Photograph, from the Still Life Series

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  • Untitled , 2010 , Photograph, from the Still Life Series

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  • Untitled , 2010 , Photograph, from the Still Life Series

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  • Untitled , 2010 , Photograph, from the Still Life Series

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CV:

 

Education

2011 University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, NC

MFA Candidate, Studio Art

2004 Massachusetts College of Art: Boston, MA

BFA, Photography

 

Select Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

2012 Lydia Anne McCarthy and Mia Yoon Block Gallery: Raleigh, NC

2011 Refraction ACRE Gallery: Chicago, IL

2004 Vermont Pictures MassArt A-4 Gallery: Boston, MA

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2010 Ones to Watch Auction Atlanta Celebrates Photography: Atlanta, GA

Stop. Warehouse: Raleigh, NC

Emerging Artists Auction Daniel Cooney Fine Art: New York, NY

16th Juried Show Griffin Museum of Photography: Boston, MA

     Juror: Joerg Colberg, Conscientious Blog

First Year MFA Alcott Gallery, UNC: Chapel Hill, NC

Untitled The Nightlight: Chapel Hill, NC

2009 MFA Open Studios UNC: Chapel Hill, NC

2009 PRC Auction Photographic Resource Center: Boston, MA

50 States Project Online Project: www.50statesproject.net

2008 Fjord @ Meet Waradise Temporary Space: New York, NY

Could be Me Online Project: www.couldbe.me

Turn Shot Gun Space: Los Angeles, CA

Slide Slam Real Art Ways: Hartford, CT

Photography Fundraiser Stivers School for the Arts: Dayton, OH

2007 RIATS FEST 3rd Ward: Brooklyn, NY

RED Cambridge Art Association: Cambridge, MA

     Juror: Jane Farver, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center

8.5x11 Project Arts + Literature Laboratory: New Haven, CT

Art House Auction Brattle Theater: Cambridge, MA

Fjord Project Online Gallery: fjordphoto.org/

Bone White Rotating Gallery: Brooklyn, NY

Member’s Exhibition Vermont Center for Photography: Brattleboro, VT

Member’s Exhibition Atlantic Works Gallery: Boston, MA

2004 Pin–Up:Thesis Show MassArt Presidents' Gallery: Boston, MA

American Lung Association Auction DKNY: Boston, MA

2003 Not Waving, but Drowning MassArt Tower Gallery: Boston, MA

 

Publications

2010 Flash Forward Magenta Foundation: Canada

Bruit de fond JSBJ: France

Snow Blind Landscape Stories Online Magazine, Issue #2

I Want You Magazine: Seattle, WA

Southern Photography Blog

Shane Lavalette’s Journal

2009 NOTIFBUTWHEN #2

Human/Nature ITCH Online Magazine, Issue #1

2007 Current Work Moloko+ Online Magazine, Issue #3

Conscientious Blog

The Exposure Project

 

Awards and Residencies

2010 Conscientious Portfolio Prize

     Juror: Elisabeth Biondi, The New Yorker

Vermont Studio Center Residency, Artist Grant: Johnson, VT

ACRE Residency: Steuben, WI

2008 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention

 

Memberships

2010 Photographic Resource Center: Boston, MA

2007 Vermont Center for Photography: Brattleboro, VT

Atlantic Works Gallery: East Boston, MA

 

 

Statement:

In A Northern Country Series, 2011

In my work I employ the materiality of photography to alter the way we perceive the world around us. These photographs are dependent upon the mechanics of the camera to create new modes of seeing. I am interested in subverting the assumptions we make about our reality by asking the viewer to relearn information about what they are looking at and not to rely on what they know. By manipulating the tools of photography I attempt to reveal a world we aren’t generally able to experience.

With the support of an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship, I have traveled with researchers into remote forests that were once used by the indigenous, reindeer-herding people of Scandinavia, the Sami. The northwest of Sweden is stark and craggy, with clear-cut vistas surrounding vast expanses of untouched, Scotts pine forest. Throughout these woods, one can encounter sacred trees, boulders, mountains and settlements once inhabited by the Sami. Drawing from a rich tradition of spirit photography and early experiments with the medium, I populate this landscape with ghostly figures, two headed-mystics and indecipherable signs. I weave these manipulated images with empty, eerie environments layered with cultural traces, building an imagined underworld and blurring the line between what is real and what is created.

Shadows and Reflections Series, 2011

…I’m going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.

-from "No Exit" by Jean Paul Sartre

These photographs are visions, flashes, and hallucinations of moments from the past. Each image vibrates with the thin traces of memory and attempts to gain access to the archive of the unconscious. The lens of this camera has the ability to simultaneously mutate and beautify; it creates a flickering vortex of darkness and light. I am asking both the viewer and myself: what do you at once desire and fear? And how does this alter your perception of the world?


Refraction Series, 2010

"Another person, for us, is a spirit which haunts a body and we seem to see a whole host of possibilities contained within this body when it appears before us; the body is the very presence of these possibilities."

                                                                      -Maurice Merleau-Ponty

 

In the Refraction series I photograph people using a self-constructed camera on which I have replaced the lens with a fresnel, or magnifying sheet. The resulting images are impressions of refracted light, with the highlights rendered as spectrum and the darker areas as undefined lines and shapes.

For my subjects I choose people who I desire but do not know; people I believe to have characteristics I want to possess. I am not interested in who they really are, but in who I perceive them to be. For me, this work is about an intense longing to experience a reality that is not your own.

Still Life Series, 2010

'Still Life' explores the illusory nature of perception and desire. I use mirrors, prisms, magnifying glasses and other optical elements to set up simple experiments that reveal the illusion of the photograph, while at the same time propagating that illusion. In these experiments I introduced the physical presence of my hand, referencing the hand of the artist and breaking the fourth wall.