Cooler Candle (Hornet's Nest)
- Cooler, gel candle wax, wick, hornet's nest, flame
- 8" x 11" x 11"
"I’ve been working on this series of cooler candles since 2015. The gel candle wax looks similar to the water left in the cooler after the ice has melted. When lit, the small flame causes the cooler to glow, creating a serene, meditative moment in an unlikely setting."
- Andrea McGinty
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Born in Sunrise, FL; based in Hamden, NY
Andrea McGinty creates mixed-media sculptures and photographic collages that expose the idiosyncrasies of ordinary human existence. From her everyday life, the artist culls materials (candles, fake fruits, IKEA houseplants) and motifs (the crows and bees that fly around her home; the bull’s eye in her backyard; the patio chairs that she noticed on a trip to Colombia). Recontextualizing these items and images, she reassembles surprising new configurations that are semi-abstract and semi-representational in nature.
McGinty’s works inspire both familiar and free associations. Her output invites viewers to pause and observe their domestic or natural environments—revealing the comedy and peculiarity that is too often missed in the bustle of daily experience. In opening up the significance of common objects, foods, and animals, McGinty illuminates the ways in which these elements register our innermost consciousness.