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The Art Portfolio of Maria Z. Madacky

A still image of a 2012 art performanceThe SEERious Sideshow (with M.E.D.I.U.M.) (still image), performance at EMEDIA Performative Arts Society, Calgary, 2012

Maria Z. Madacky is an artist who works in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, and multimedia installation. Maria’s works are sometimes self-contained explorations of material tactility, and other times more collaborative endeavors.

An installation view of The Trash TalkThe Trash Talk (collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M. (installation view at Helen Christou Gallery, University of Lethbridge)


In our previous features of Maria’s works, we looked at the way the artist utilizes quietly tactile materials and creates works with a delicate, ethereal edge. Many of the artist’s works are pale in colour, light and finely textured. This isn’t to say that Maria hasn’t explored other avenues, though -- in collaborative works with M.E.D.I.U.M., for example, the artist takes a more playful, dramatic approach to her artwork.

A screen capture of Maria Z. Madacky's art portfolio websiteMaria's art portfolio website


In one collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M., entitled The Trash Talk, Maria and her contemporaries addressed issues of waste and refuse by creating a number of exquisite corpse drawings. I’m curious to see what Maria has been working on in recent years, independently and with the collective.

A photo of some sculptural works installed as part of The Trash TalkThe Trash Talk (collaboration with M.E.D.I.U.M. (installation view at Helen Christou Gallery, University of Lethbridge)


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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