In Maggie Madden’s work, a diverse array of collected materials are crafted into fragile sculptural formations with geometric affinities. The work is suggestive of architectural structures, but also reflects on our spatial encounters in both the urban landscape and the natural world. The detailed constructions have the potential for endless expansion; to grow outward from densely ordered space and continue boundlessly. She explores a combination of found, industrial and natural objects, deliberately juxtaposing them with materials that have been slowly and precisely laboured over.
In some of the works there are open ended references to our networked world, communication and transport systems, the infrastructures of contemporary life in modern cities. The linear structures made using optical fibre strands form three dimensional drawings in space, delicately balanced and at times barely visible. During the process of construction the physical limits of the materials are taken in to account, as there is an attempt made at rendering some materials to appear almost weightless. Tension is created as the sculptural formations often have a fragility that teeters on the brink of collapse.
Maggie Madden is from Connemara, Co Galway, currently living and working in Dublin. She completed a Masters in Fine Art at NCAD in 2006 and B.A Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1998. Solo exhibitions include Site Line, The LAB, Dublin (2012), Fading Not Ending, Roscommon Arts Centre, (2010).
Recent group exhibitions include 184th Annual Exhibition, RHA, (2014), Pallas Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Futures, RHA, Lacuna, Taylor Galleries, RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Sluice Art Fair, London, What has been shall always never be again, Ormston House, Nailing Jelly to the Wall, Monstertruck at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (all 2013).