Caitlin McCormack

Caitlin McCormack

    Studio & Gallery

    1901 S. 9th St 504-G Philadelphia, PA 19148

    Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

    Fiber Art/Sculpture & 3D

    Archived Works

    Artist's Biography

    Caitlin McCormackis a Philadelphia-based fiber artist who works primarily with crocheted cotton thread that is dredged in a mixture of glues, stiffened, and positioned in the form of animal and humanoid skeletons, which are showcased in velvet-lined shadow boxes and under glass display domes. She earned a BFA in Illustration from The University of the Arts in 2010, and originally pursued illustration as a career, but has found her footing, and a sense of fulfillment, in the creation of these sculptures, which convey her thoughts regarding memory, and how the authenticity of a recollection becomes distorted over time.

    Caitlin's body of work, which originates as sketches drawn from memory after observing osteological specimens, transforms throughout theprocess of its construction, and becomes a hybrid of recognizable, skeletal forms, and the artist's own visual biases. She has taken part in gallery and museum exhibitions across the US, as well as in Japan, the UK, Germany, Australia, and The Netherlands, and receives representation from Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia.

    Artist's Statement

    The act of stiffening intricately crocheted cotton string with glue produces material that is structurally similar to delicate bone tissue. The string utilized in this process can be viewed as the basic cellular unit of fabrication, and by utilizing media and practices inherited from my deceased relatives, I aim to generate emblems of my diminishing bloodline, embodied by each organism's skeletal remains.

    With a majority of my work, I employ pseudoscientific principles and antiquated methods to generate material, in an attempt to impart a visual indication that something has transpired in a fabricated reality. I aim to construct the likenesses of creatures suspended in a state of perpetual dormancy, by way of crocheting - a practice that is based upon active proliferation. Little by little, this process permits me to construct a very personal taxonomy of creatures symbolizing my memories and experiences.

    The material out of which my work is composed acts as an alchemical conduit between the garment and the clothesline; it acknowledges the latter as a symbol of the ancestry and familial bonds which have greatly informed my work. I wish to give the impression that a garment has disintegrated and reformed itself, warped by the passing of time, in the image of a tenacious animal's remains, a reflection on both the persistence of memory and the significance of cloth and thread in the realm of human experience.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo and Two-Person
    Blockbusting, Practice Gallery, Philadelphia PA

    Dirty Mirror, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville VA
    With Dance Doyle

    Seed Vault, Talon Gallery, Portland OR
    With Allison Sommers

    Granny<, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

    See You All in There, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Changing Death (Lazarus Taxa), Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

    Antibeast, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY

    Tracing the Remains, The Thomson Hall Gallery at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA
    With Sabrina Small

    Lazarus Taxa, Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Home, Again, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

    Lostwithall, Lu Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

    Look Again, Rich Ramsay Studios, Brooklyn NY
    Curator: Brianna Scotti

    Immortal: Interventions in Time, Automat, Philadelphia PA
    Curator: Jacqueline Yvonne Tull

    Dog Park, Petty Cash, Brooklyn NY
    Curators: Jacob Rhodes and Kristen Racaniello of Field Projects

    Summerhouse, HOT • BED, Philadelphia PA

    Denatured, Partners and Son, Philadelphia PA
    Curators: Jacob Rhodes and Kristen Racaniello of Field Projects

    Tondo, SpokeArt, San Francisco CA

    99 Spring Street Superchief Gallery, NYC

    Seasonal Repression, Field Projects, New York, NY

    RAIR Trash Bash, Philadelphia, PA
    Sustainable artist residency fundraiser

    Phantom Narrative, Scott Center Gallery at Carroll College, Westminster MD

    Social Distancing The Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn NY

    Here and Now, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
    Curators: Joseph Zimmerman and Ken Hashimoto

    Room for One, NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA

    Structures, Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

    Microdose, Booth Gallery, New York, NY

    Let's Go Away For Awhile, Richmond CA
    Curator: NIAD Art Center

    No Cure For Mourning, Stockton University Art Gallery, Galloway, NJ

    Re-Beginning, Thinkspace, Los Angeles, CA

    Seven Sins, Practice, Philadelphia, PA

    Ruin, The Royal Society of American Art, Brooklyn, NY

    National Prize Exhibition, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA

    Saga, Paintguide, Hong Kong, China

    Animalia, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

    Here/Now, Lawrence Art Gallery, London, UK

    Meet Me At Delancey/Essex, Hashimoto Contemporary, New York, NY

    Juxtapoz Clubhouse, with Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Miami, FL

    Psycho Salon, Superchief Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    AltRealities, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ

    Tangled - Fiber Art Now, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

    Delusional, Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City, NJ

    Don't Wake Daddy XII, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany

    The Happening, Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY

    Wolves, Magic Mirrors, and Spinning Wheels - The Anatomy of Fairy Tales, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA

    A Curious Nature, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    Monsters in America, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY

    Methods of Collection, Esther Klein Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Aestheticism, Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

    The Thread of Art, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Mother Nature, 212 Arts, New York, NY

    Exquisite Echoes, Gray Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Opus Hypnagogia, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY

    Into the Wild, Joseph Gross Gallery, New York, NY

    Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk, Netherlands

    Wild, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

    Exquisite Form, Allen's Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Guts, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

    Impossible Books, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

    The Clothesline Muse, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    Art Inspiring Art, Sundance Channel Headquarters, New York, NY

    Cell Mates, Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

    Industrialism, The Art Factory, Paterson, NJ

    The Sublime Revisited, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

    Art From Found Objects, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

    Animal Show, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, PA

    Hung, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

    Height x Width x Depth, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia, PA

    Art Fairs

    SCOPE Art Show, Group Booth with Mortal Machine Gallery, Miami, FL
    Group Booth

    SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Solo Booth curated by Jacob Rhodes, New York, NY

    SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Group Booth with InLiquid, New York, NY
    As artist and co-curator

    SCOPE Immersive, Virtual Group Booth with Mortal Machine Gallery, Miami, FL

    SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Group Booth with InLiquid, New York, NY

    SCOPE Art Show, Group Booth with Mortal Machine Gallery, Miami, FL

    Littletopia/ LA Art Show, Group Booth with Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Los Angeles CA

    SCOPE Art Show, Group Booth with Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Miami FL

    ARTMRKT, Group Booth with Red Truck Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    SCOPE Art Show, Group Booth with Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Miami FL

    Littletopia/LA Art Show, Group Booth with Red Truck Gallery, Los Angeles CA

    SELECT Fair, Group Booth with Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Miami FL

    Selected Bibliography

    Giovina, Madi and Niles, Tiffany, "Fields." Perennial Press, pg. 27.

    Cover image, The Shoutflower, Issue 2, May.

    Massé Marie-Madeleine, "L’art de Fil." Editions Gallimard, 2020. pg. 139.

    Joruk, Natalia, “Artist Vs. Artist.” Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Issue 31, pg. 22-31.

    Swinkels, Dorothé, “Werk van Caitlin McCormack: beetje morbide en grillig mooi.” Textielplus, July 20.

    Grizzly Grizzly, ed. Angela McQuillian, “Scratch 'N' Match.” In Dialogue, Vol.1, April-July, pg.16.

    Blakeslee, Heather, “Flora and the Rhizosphere.” Root Quarterly Vol. 1, Issue 4, pg. 37.

    Fox, Lyndsie, "The Delicate Macabre: An Interview with Caitlin McCormack." Juxtapoz, October 1.

    Madara, Melissa, "Creation, Time, and the Authenticity of Memory: A Conversation with Caitlin McCormack." Venefica Magazine, Vol. 4, pg. 54-59.

    Popova, Ekaterina, "Caitlin McCormack." Create! Magazine, Issue 15, pg. 50-53.

    Sierzputowski, Kate, "Crocheted Skeletal Figures Preserved Behind Glass by Caitlin McCormack.", February 20.

    Smith, Beth, "On the Dark Side." Fiber Art Now, Vol. 8, pg. 29-30.

    Morrow, Justine, "Ossified Forms, Forest Whispers." Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Issue 022, pg. 68-71.

    "Artist Spotlight: Caitlin McCormack." Booooooom, 4/20.

    Krieger, Deborah, “In 'Lazarus Taxa,' Caitlin McCormack Crochets the Beautiful Macabre.” WhiteHot Magazine, 12/15.

    Velez, Janai, "Selvedge: Designer Edge." Homespun Magazine, No. 175, pg. 18-19.

    Meier, Allison, "Responding to Human Remains with Crocheted Skeletons and Beaded Organs.", February 15.

    Billock, Jennifer, "Don't Miss These 11 New Museum Exhibitions This Winter." Smithsonianmag.con, December 2.

    "Caitlin T. McCormack." Hey! Magazine, Issue No. 25, pg. 36-39.

    Martin, Lisa, "An Interview with Macabre Crocheter Caitlin McCormack.", April 15.

    Nagle, Aubrey, "Caitlin McCormack's Creepy Crochet Creatures Weave a Touching Tale.", October 26.

    Buerrman, Caro, "Caitlin McCormack's Delicate Crocheted Animal Skeletons.", October 21.

    "Painting Glance." image credited to artist, Bust Magazine, October/November, pg. 96.

    Erickson, Christine, "Artist's Creepy Crochet Is Actually Sweet Tribute to Grandparents.", August 4.

    Yeung, Peter, "Creepy Crochets - In Pictures.", August 1.

    Sierzputowski, Kate, "Decaying Animal Skeletons Crocheted From String by Artist Caitlin McCormack.", July 17.

    Mier, Victoria, "Philadelphia Artist Experiments With the Threads of Memory." The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, May 22, pg. 1: Home and Design.

    Starreveld, Marjolein, "Cehaakte Leegte." Textiel Plus Magazine, Alkmaar, Netherlands, Issue 230, pg. 26-28.

    Awards and Honors

    Peter Bullough Foundation Residency Juror, Summer-Fall 2022 cohort

    Recipient, Joseph Robert Foundation Grant

    Recipient, Joseph Robert Foundation Grant

    Recipient, Philadelphia Sculptors We Love Our Members Grant

    Guest Juror, William H. Ely Thesis Exhibition, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA

    Best Fine Artist award finalist, Philadelphia Geek Awards

    Thornton Oakley Medal

    Ted Carey Award Nominee


    The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
    March session

    Peter Bullough Foundation, Winchester, VA
    November-December session

    ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY
    April session

    Teaching and Lectures

    Excellence Through Classics Live
    Lecturer and virtual fiber art workshop instructor

    2020 - Present
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
    Adjunct Professor

    Paradice Palase, Brooklyn NY
    Virtual studio tour

    Secret Arts, Atlas Obscura
    Virtual lecture and studio tour

    Venture Cafe, Philadelphia PA
    Virtual lecture

    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
    Alternative media illustration workshop

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
    Lecture and portfolio review

    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
    Alternative media illustration workshop

    Hussian College of Art and Design, Philadelphia PA
    Adjunct professor

    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
    Alternative media illustration workshop

    Ars Moriendi: Visions of Death Made Beautiful, The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia PA

    Our Greatest Fear, “Articulate with Jim Cotter” on PBS

    Philly Touch Tour, The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia PA
    Lecture/workshop for differently-abled museum attendees

    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
    Illustration Round Table panelist


    Album cover and disc tray illustration, The Minor Arcana, Emotional Alchemy


    "Featured Artist," CRED Magazine Issue Two, May 2012, pgs. 26, 64, 65 and 67

    322 Review: Issue No. 9 Rowan University, Summer 2011

    Edge Magazine, alumni spotlight with photograph, Philadelphia PA, Winter 2011, pg. 34


    Ceramics Studio Intensive: Marguerita Hagan Studio, Philadelphia PA

    University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
    BFA, Illustration

    Recipient of the Thornton Oakley Medal for Achievement in Creative Arts