Quietly Tactile: Artworks by Maria Z. Madacky
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.
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.
Also displayed on Maria’s website – www.mariazmadacky.com – 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.