McGarrell did bachelor’s and master’s degrees in new arts and fibres at Maryland Institute College of Art, and a master’s in arts and technology from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2004.
He transitioned to male in 2003.
He was known for large scale inflatable sculptures that could envelop people, and was experimenting with plants and recycled materials. He was art director for the film Maggots and Men, about the 1921 uprising in Kronstadt in the USSR. He had a studio in Vermont and another in Haiti.
He died in the January 2010 earthquake.
- Georgia Kotretsos. “Inside the Artist’s Studio: Flo McGarrell”. Art:21. Aug 28th, 2009. http://blog.art21.org/2009/08/28/inside-the-artists-studio-flo-mcgarrell.
- Gregory Trotter. “Area Artist Dies in Haiti quake”. Rutland Herald. Jan 15, 2010. www.rutlandherald.com/article/20100115/THISJUSTIN/1150333.
- Cary Crowenwett (dir). Maggots and Men. Art direction by Flo McGarrell. US 53 mins 2009.