Caitlin MacQueen

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Artist Statement

Hands on hips, a Heroine in leather surveys the horizon with Sardanapalus’1 eyes.

She is Marianne Faithfull’s “Rebecca” in Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) and Tura Satana’s “Varla” in Faster Pussy Cat Kill Kill (1965).  Both Rebecca and Varla are rebellious, sexually active, independent– and too hot to live for both women are hit by trucks at the end of their films.

JO the Lion (image no.19) cannot be dispatched with; Her power cannot be commandeered…

Shadows on the wall signal the approach! Huntress, Lioness, Stuntwoman,  Bouncer. ULTRA. DOMINA.  Drawn.  Stamping around the perimeter. There is Danger, there is a Storm, but not in here, not now.  (Diana hangs up her spurs.) Now here come the dogs, the tenderer things.  The ground is rich with female charisma.  The pods dangle in the breeze.  The Mimosa blossom twirls.  Here and there some smaller drawings pin into the shapes of the shadows beneath them, nested into the matriarch’s flexed calf, flat foot.

The drawings are made for the place, to bring to it. To arrange it’s crevices.  The drawings are tender shoots…overworked or undercooked, too vulnerable.

Still, the Mistresses guard the proceedings.

Amid the eventual calm, the oyster appears, the mouthless tongue, the fleshy exposure…

There is Venus!(Image no.5)



MFA Rutgers University /Teaching Assistant Fellowship Recipient
BFA Cooper Union

“Backwash”, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
‘nuff said, Underdonk, Brooklyn NY (drawings and sculpture, collaborative performance with Sarah Mattes)
End Times, Dress Shop Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Role Over: Rutgers In New York, Gowanus Lofts, Brooklyn, NY
Lips Inaugural Performance Festival at Mason Gross School of the Arts New Brunswick, NJ
Goon Squad- Project space Presentation at Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ
Catch and Release MFA thesis exhibition Houghton Gallery, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick NJ.
DHM-Project Space with Alex Kwartler at Mason Gross School of the Arts New Brunswick NJBody Shots. MFA First Year Review, Mason Gross School of the Arts New Brunswick NJ
Benefit for Rose Marcus, Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY
Brucennial 2012, curated by BHQFU and Vito Schnabel. New York, NY.
One Night Show, January 22nd, 2011. Curated by Leigh Ruple. Vaudeville Park Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Booooooth at NADA Art Fair, curated by Rose Marcus. Miami Beach, Florida.
Live/Work: A Painting Show, La Mama Galleria, New York, NY.
Visionary/Visions are Scary, an apartment show curated by Erin Lee Jones and Monkey Mop Boy, Brooklyn, NY.
PostTV: LIVE, the Inaugural Broadcast of POST TV.ORG at Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, New York.
Brucennial / Bruceforma 2010 curated by the Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY
Breaking into the Human Race, Great Hall Gallery, Cooper Union, NY.
The Life and Times of…, curated by John Tremblay. Silvershed Gallery, New York, NY.
Smithumenta, curated by the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Brooklyn, NY.
Le Saloon, curated by Oto Gillen, Red Triangle Building, New York, NY.
Scratch Back Daub-Shebang! Thesis exhibition, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, NY.

Gorgonette Issue 1: a self-published zine by Caitlin MacQueen presented on the occasion of Role Over: Rutgers In New York at Gowanus Lofts Brooklyn NY.
2009-2010: Daily Dancer drawing blog:
2008 ArtFancy Issue #2: Meaning

Live/Work: a painting show at La Mama Galleria, co-curated with Elizabeth Marshall in New York, NY

Methods, Summer 2016 Edited by Erin Knutson and Ria Roberts


Fall 2016 Instructor in Drawing Fundamentals and Collage at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
2014-2015 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Instructor of Drawing Fundamentals
2013-2015 Co-Coordinator of the Rutgers MFA Visiting Artist Program
2013-2014 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Instructor of Visual Thinking
2009-2010: Facilitator of “What is a Metaphor/Critique Class” at the Bruce High Quality Foundation University New York, NY.