“We think of land as solid and immutable, heavy and dense with proscribed edges and borders, but it shifts as drastically and permanently as anything in our natural world. Coastlines and wetlands are especially vulnerable to change. Forming and unforming, these spaces unfold and regenerate ceaselessly, fragmenting into reflection and continually settling into new iterations of themselves.”
“My gouache on found paper paintings are reflections of this idea of reclamation in the natural world. I work from imagery based on my own photographs of ephemeral landscapes, from which abstracted drawings are rendered and then transferred onto a substrate of sewn-together fragments of found paper. This process of making and unmaking multiplies in materiality and image, mirroring the natural and geological processes that inform my work.”
“The works in Understory mine the in-between spaces in the diminishing wildernesses of southern wetlands. They chase lost moments in the life cycles of forests, marshes and estuaries, illuminating transition and transformation in a dissolving world. These works offer a visual back and forth, echoing wild spaces as ever-shifting repositories for impermanence, disintegration and the inevitability of change.”
Craddock is represented by galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Memphis and Nashville. She has a degree in Anthropology and Sculpture from Tulane University in New Orleans, and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Throughout her busy career she has participated in numerous exhibitions, residencies and fellowships in the US and Europe. She lives and works in Memphis with frequent rejuvenating trips to her family home on Perdido Bay in lower Alabama.