i am a third generation valley native. choosing to live where i was raised ensures that i have daily encounters with my history. my family came here because the connecticut river was here and the river meant work: in the mills of holyoke and on the farms in hadley.
i have to look closely to see the remnants of that work, but the water - liquid, solid, gas - is very present and is always moving. the rive i live with, the coast of new england, and the ice of antarctica influence my work. but it is time - more than place - i experience and capture. it is the constantly changing qualities of water - still, frozen, stormy - that i will never tire of.
mcinerney is a member of zea mays printmaking studio. she has exhibited throughout the u.s. and is dedicated to safe and sustainable printmaking practices.
nearly no. 1. hand-pulled monotype. 5.5”x7” on 15”x22” paper.
maelstrom no. 3. hand-pulled monotype. 6” circle on 11”x15” paper
thereafter no 8. hand-pulled monotype. 4”x5” on 11”x15” paper
thereafter no 7. hand pulled monotype. 4”x5” on 11”x15” paper.
maelstrom no. 6. hand-pulled monotype. 6” circle on 11”x15” paper.
I've made things for most of my life, but collage has really clicked. I like hunting and gathering images, patterns, and colors. I'm into a compositional challenge. I like taking images out of their original context to give them their own surreal storyline. Collage is also an economical and relatively environmentally responsible medium, reusing low- or no-cost material that would otherwise end up in the recycling system or landfill.
All of my cut and paste collages are inspired and sourced from mid-century magazines and other found ephemera. I'm inspired by the era's bright palette and minimalist compositions. I don't start a piece or collection with a particular message or meaning. I let things happen. It's an instinctual process. Perhaps that's why my collections have varied over the years, from messy, jarring experiments to muted abstract compositions.
Since I only starting making collages a few years ago, I'm still testing the waters. Lately, I'm trying to do more with less—a tough but satisfying challenge.