Madeleine Kelly: Open Studio, Queensland Art Gallery 2020
Madeleine Kelly is an Australian painter living and working from Woolongong Australia.
Madeleine Kelly, Painter, Artist,
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Madeleine Kelly: Open Studio, Queensland Art Gallery 2020

I was invited to share my studio practice at QAGOMA and provide insights into how I work. I displayed seven new works, including a painted animation. These works explored my overarching prompt: ‘My work is like an ecosystem; it is very much alive — the relationship between me and my work is sympoietic, and the audience is activated by the affinities at play’.

 

The project presented a facsimile of my studio, expanded paintings, an  animation, and hosted socially engaged events. Together they provided insight into my creative practice through structural and elective affinities. In my expanded paintings, I identified two distinct kinds of affinities – one that emphasised structural kinship, analogy and homology, evoking communities of ideas, and the other, elective affinities that spoke to material transformation and attraction. Through these works, I showed that making art is a poetic process that entwines meaning and transforms matter, heightening our sensibility to our entanglement with the living planet.

 

Madeleine Kelly Elective affinities 2020 Wax, resin and pigment on glassware Various, approx 27 glassware pieces 159.2 cm x 37.5 cm x 45 cm in Madeleine Kelly: Open Studio 2020 Installation shot Queensland Art Gallery (10 October 2020 – 31 January 2021) Photograph: Chloe Callistemon
Madeleine Kelly Elective Affinities 2020 Wax, resin and pigment on glassware Various, approx 27 glassware pieces 159.2 cm x 37.5 cm x 45 cm  Photograph: Chloe Callistemon (Scroll down for details)
Madeleine Kelly Structural Affinities 2020 Gesso, varnish and pigment powder on assorted objects Various, approx. 36 assorted objects, ply panels, hardwood dowels 159.2 cm x 37.5 cm x 45 cm in Madeleine Kelly: Open Studio 2020 Installation shot Queensland Art Gallery (10 October 2020 – 31 January 2021) Photograph: Chloe Callistemon (Scroll down for details)
Madeleine Kelly Lie in Wait 2020, Oil on board 67 x 44 cm Photograph: Chloe Callistemon
Madeleine Kelly: Open Studio 2020 Installation shots, Queensland Art Gallery (10 October 2020 – 31 January 2021) Photographs: Chloe Callistemon
Madeleine Kelly Structural affinities (details) 2020 Photographs: Chloe Callistemon
Madeleine Kelly Elective affinities (detail) 2020 Wax, resin and pigment on glassware Various, approx 27 glassware pieces 159.2 cm x 37.5 cm x 45 cm   Photograph: Chloe Callistemon Photographs: Chloe Callistemon

 

In my animation Net casting 2020, liveliness unfolds through many logics and layers. An ecology of art, affinities and matter entangles boundaries between human beings and other species. Bird, frog and insect calls, as well as everyday acoustic noises, accompany the accumulation of shapes into patterns; signifiers of two perceptual worlds are superimposed and interlaced into spatial–temporal affinities. The relationship between the transformation of matter, ecology and painting is made explicit. The animation is named after a net casting spider that I observed as she patiently sat and watched the woven scroll/empty canvas/blank screen before her — a casting net to catch prey, like an artist waiting to problem find, not just problem solve.

 

 

Net casting (still) 2020 / High-definition video, colour, mono, 6:30 minutes (approx.) Link: https://vimeo.com/470836939