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Lydia Anne McCarthy

Chapel Hill, NC

Lydia Anne McCarthy grew up in Massachusetts and Vermont.  She earned a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Lydia was recently a part of Daniel Cooney Fine Art’s Emerging Artist Auction on iGavel and was awarded an Artist’s Grant for a summer residency at the Vermont Studio Center.  In the fall of 2010, Lydia’s photographs will be published in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward-Emerging Photographers 2010.

My work is concerned with the concept of multiple dimensions in space, and alternate realities that exist simultaneously in our everyday lives.  I am interested in the potential for these realities to be glimpsed through our interactions with, and experiences within, our environment.

I take two seemingly disparate types of pictures: color images of my surroundings and black-and-white images of window screens.  I photograph my neighborhood, a middle class suburb with woods and the natural world woven throughout the area. This is the world I grew up in, and a world I am constantly trying to escape.  I then combine these photographs with the screen images.

The screens are based on neuroscientist Heinrich Kluver’s ‘form constants’, or patterns that one sees while hallucinating.  I am interested in how screens both admit and deny matter and how, by pushing this even further through digital manipulation, I can use them to alter space and create a new, unsettling environment where barriers begin to break down.

Selected Exhibitions

Emerging Artists Auction Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY
16th Juried Show Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA (Juror: Joerg Colberg, Conscientious Blog)
First Year MFA Alcott Gallery, UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
Untitled The Nightlight, Chapel Hill, NC

MFA Open Studios UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
2009 PRC Auction Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
50 States Project Online Project,

Fjord @ Meet Waradise Temporary Space, New York, NY
Could be Me Online Project,
Turn Shot Gun Space, Los Angeles, CA
Slide Slam Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Photography Fundraiser Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH

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,
Bone White Rotating Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Member’s Exhibition Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT
Member’s Exhibition Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston, MA

Pin–Up:Thesis Show MassArt Presidents' Gallery, Boston, MA
American Lung Association Auction DKNY, Boston, MA
Vermont Pictures MassArt A-4 Gallery, Boston, MA

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

Awards and Residencies

Vermont Studio Center Residency, Artist Grant: Johnson, VT
ACRE Residency: Steuben, WI

Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention


Flash Forward Magenta Foundation
Bruit de fond JSBJ, France
I Want You Magazine, Seattle, WA
Shane Lavalette’s Journal

Human/Nature ITCH Online Magazine, Issue #1

Current Work Moloko+ Online Magazine, Issue #3
Conscientious Blog
The Exposure Project


University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, NC
MFA Candidate, Studio Art

Massachusetts College of Art: Boston, MA
BFA, Photography

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