My series Batik Weeds is created by a multi-step procedure of hand printing flora or similar objects onto paper, making rubbings of textured surfaces, layering and scraping beeswax, applying washes of colors, overlaying patterns and forms to define the space, and finally sewing by hand or machine. Through this time-consuming process, history and complexity are built up, and chance is allowed to play a role. The small scale of the paintings, the focus on labor-intensive details, and the employment of traditional feminine practices such as batik and embroidery encourage the paintings to be regarded as intimate objects, and the use of thread and wax contribute to their sense of tactility.
Contemporary feminist artists and practitioners of traditional domestic arts inspire me equally as I work to convert common materials, such as weeds and wax, into handmade artifacts. My work encourages a reconsideration of what constitutes beauty and where it can be found.
Amy Madden was born in New Jersey on February 6, 1974. A childhood spent immersed in crafts and domestic arts was indispensable to her aesthetic and artistic growth. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple Universitys Tyler School of Art in 1997 with a BFA in painting. She studied abroad at Temple Universitys Rome, Italy campus during the Spring 1995 and Fall 1996 semesters. In 2006 she obtained her MA from New York University in the Department of Art and Art Professions.
She has participated in shows at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts, The ICA in London, UK, NYUs Barney Gallery and Kimmel Center in New York City, Sev Shoon Gallery in Seattle, and Temple Gallery in Rome, Italy, among other venues. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from Change, Inc., New York University and NYSCA.
She was a participant in NYFA MARK 10, a selective professional development program for upstate visual artists. She lives and works in Hudson, NY.