Kristy McCarthy is a self-taught painter, teaching artist, hair braider, and cultural organizer currently based in New York City. Painting under the moniker “D.Gale”, she utilizes art as a powerful tool to build community, raise awareness about social and environmental justice issues, and question the ways in which we interact with our environments. Her personal art practice draws on her interests in anthropology, herbology, and cosmology, exploring the human condition and drawing parallels between living beings and their relationships with love, fear, identity, and death.
Kristy is the co-founder of the Harlem Art Collective, organizing and executing socially engaged community art projects in her neighborhood of East Harlem. She is also the co-founder and co-organizer of Fiesta de Colores, a socially engaged urban art festival that takes place annually in Manabí, Ecuador. She is passionate about working with youth and has spent the past three years sharing her skills as a lead teaching artist on youth-led public art projects with Creative Artworks in New York and various independent projects internationally.