What name do you go by, and what kind of artist are you?
Maddie, (they/them). DIY/queer/multidisciplinary/collector/interrogative/invasive/ still-hasn’t-quite-figured-out-their-aesthetic, probably shares too much.
Describe your artistic process or practice with three to five words
Fighting for femme representation + space.
Who are some visual art influences that impact your craft?
These are mainly ppl I am just super fans of but: Wendy Coburn, Guerrilla Girls, Morgan Sears-Williams, Kent Monkman, Adrienne Crossman, Jenny Holzer.
I feel like my mind is kinda scattered but basically all of the badass femme/non-binary/queer activists and artists.
Who / what are some non-visual art influences that impact your craft?
Everything I watched from the ages of 11-17, bars, activists/ism, conversations with my friends/partners, posters for anything and everything, Robyn, plastic, my own body and the discomfort I feel inside of it sometimes, bad lighting, softness.
What are some habits you cultivate to get you into the work groove?
I work best when I’m angry about something. Which is sometimes tricky because I need to make work but maybe nothing has pissed me off recently (but it generally only takes a few days to find something else to be angry about tbh). I need to make a weird nest to work inside of, there needs to be music and coffee and some form of chocolate. Also having people I love being around, conversations I have with friends and partners are the major catalysts for work I make and I cherish them so much and their patience and graciousness in sharing with me.
If you could see one piece of art right now, which one would it be?
I missed Kent Monkmans’ exhibition “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience” so I wish I could go back in time and see that.
Describe your residency experience so far.
It’s been incredibly productive. The space lends well to my practice, a learning environment which inherently relies on collaboration and conversation. It has also been so valuable to have other amazing artists around you to riff off of and get feedback from. I think utilizing “non-traditional” spaces for artists to occupy and produce in is such an interesting way to foster new work and community.
Talk a bit about what you’ve been working on the last few weeks?
Under the theme of “care”, I have been thinking about how queer bodies and communities care for themselves and others. Our spaces for care and community are DIY and most often result of protest. More specifically I have been questioning/investigating where queer femmes, who are a historically erased and unrepresented, are ever given space.
For myself queer bars have been a massive source for community building and self-care, but spaces dedicated to or even merely giving space to femmes are near impossible to find. I think this may factor into why our community can feel isolated and erased, with no spaces to gather/share/communicate/celebrate each other.
At Roundtable I have been working on creating a one-night only “utopic” femme bar, which will be in full swing during the opening on the 18th. The goal is to incite dialogue about the lack of space given to us, but also to offer a space for one evening to celebrate femme existence and resilience.
Beverage of choice while working
Coffee or Pabst.
Where will we find your work on opening night?
-> Femmetopia will be on the first floor of the Dragon Academy near the back area (just head towards the room with neon lights blasting Robyn). <-
Draw a representation of what you look like while you’re working.