Madeleine Wood

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Drawing for me is another form of thinking, and the root of my art practice. I draw to identify myself, to process and make sense of my feelings. As I draw, I pinpoint and play with particular emotions, the unruly and uncomfortable ones. I visualise these into graphic variations of animal-human hybrid creatures and everything in-between. These motifs reveal my interest in the psychology of anthropomorphism, particularly in fables, biblical parables and children stories. My drawings offer allegories: discourses of power tensions between women and men, adults and children, human and the natural world.

Striving to find a balance between intention and instinct, dynamics of power are also explored in the materiality of my work. By choosing to use a stick not a brush, often drawing with my non-dominant hand, I work with and against restriction in order to push and challenge myself. I work with ranges of scale and space, disassembling and reassembling my drawings to exaggerate and communicate different levels of power and attention. Currently, I am using cut-outs, collage, and animation as methods to pull my drawings from the page, placing them physically with the viewer in the site to heighten disruption and intimacy.

Awards:  RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2021; Catriona White Prize 2020; Astaire Art Prize Shortlist 2020; Alexander Flynn Bequest (Best sketchbook) 2019

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