Andrea McGinty

Artist Profile

Andrea McGinty

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.


McGinty holds an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, and a BA in Art History from Florida Atlantic University. The artist received a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation (2023) and a fellowship from Lighthouse Works (2018). Her work has been internationally exhibited, with recent solo shows at Liberal Arts Roxbury, NY (2022) and Sunny, New York, NY (2022). She has been featured in group presentations at Rachel Uffner, New York, NY (2022); White Rock Center For Sculptural Arts, Holmes, NY (2022); Essex Flowers, New York, NY (2020); and East Hampton Shed, NY (2018), among others. McGinty has published artist books entitled A Quieter Person with More Boxes and Ah Yes, Bad Things (Brooklyn, NY: Soft City Printing, 2022/2023); and God, I Don't Even Know Your Name (New York, NY: Badlands Unlimited, 2015), which was released as part of Paul Chan’s Hugo Boss Prize exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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Artist Statement

Andrea McGinty uses images and materials drawn from her domestic surroundings to create meaning through subtle interventions. Seemingly whimsical and humorous found-object assemblages and photographic collages betray a preoccupation with memories, anxieties, and fears associated with the baseline elements of existence that build the foundation for our relationship to society. Representations of home, family, food, health, and nature are ripped from their original context and recombined mirroring the abstract nature of the unconscious mind in a desperate attempt to find greater understanding. Wallowing in the absurdity, beauty, and angst of everyday life her artwork attempts to force order on existence.