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Quietly Tactile: Artworks by Maria Z. Madacky

An installation view of an indoor labyrinth with walls of thin white fabricWhite Labyrinth (finding the thread of the hero-path), participatory installation composed of hand-woven recycled fabric

Maria Z. Madacky is an artist and educator currently located in Lethbridge, Alberta – and our featured artist for today! Maria creates installations, assemblages, and other mixed media works using soft materials including various fibres.


A wall installation consisting of many square sheets of acrylic gel and inkWhisper, acrylic gel and ink

Maria’s works are all quietly tactile in their way, many using white or cream-coloured materials with an interesting texture. Her room installation works are inviting rather than imposing, and seem like nice spaces for meditation or contemplative thought. I think the absence of colour in many of Maria’s works is a good thing, and allows the viewer to focus on the materials and composition without too much distraction.

Homepage of Maria Z Madacky's artist

Also displayed on Maria’s website – – are examples of her printmaking and painting works. In her prints, she explores pattern and texture in black and white, while in her paintings she often works with still-life subjects often in bright, vibrant colour. These paintings show off Maria’s technical skill, which comes into play throughout her entire body of work.


A series of three artworks that look like white monoliths in white framesHush I - III, installation view, wood, nails, string and plastic streets

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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