Garden Tools to Experience Life
An Exhibition by Madeline Bartley
on view November 5 – December 11, 2021
Opening reception November 5, 2021 from 5-8 p.m.
Garden Tools to Experience Life is a series of works on paper and fabric that pays tribute to adjusting oneself to new spaces. Addressing how to navigate dramatic shifts in what is a home-place when everything is unfamiliar and uncertain. As an artist, I am sharing my experience relocating to a new city in the midst of a pandemic. My work will intimately showcase local environments and dream-like scenes attempting to process locations from my past and present to gain clarity as I settle into Western New York. This exhibit will display framed mixed media monoprints, a collection of handmade sketchbooks, and hand printed textile panels. Viewers will encounter hand printed artworks on paper and fabrics that integrate watercolor drawings, embroidery and collage. Highlighting place-making with botanical elements with a background saturated in colors and assorted stencils. The sketchbooks chronologically share my exploration of new surroundings within my daily art practice. Welcoming viewers to observe two modes of creative space; a presentation of mixed media artworks and within the personal pages of a sketchbook. All work has been made in the past year since taking up residence in Buffalo, NY. Tracing over detailed illustrations allows me to reflect on events and their lasting emotional effect. Ultimately, this body of work is about a relationship with maintenance and solace within a landscape that prohibits the possibility of permanence.
Madeline Bartley was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Murray State University where she received her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing. She earned her M.F.A. in studio arts from Syracuse University’s College of Visual Performing Arts in 2016. A recipient of Quilting By the Lake Scholarship and she is featured in Syracuse Women’s Magazine. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows including exhibitions at the Hand Held Gallery, Walnut Ink Projects, The Rogue Space, and the Museum of Latin American Art. Currently she lives in Buffalo, New York where she dedicates her free time to her studio practice at the Buffalo Arts Studio.