Madison Kelly

Australia
1993
Statement

I’m a queer feminist artist based in Melbourne. Contextualised by identity politics, queer theory and ideas of radical empathy, my work draws upon blurred boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, confession and narrative. My current research is concerned with unwaged and emotional labour, investigating why and how particular expressions of work are devalued and what the personal and political consequences of this are.

Applying methods of repetition and appropriation to a variety of materials, I engage with the language of ‘Sad Girl’ feminism in order to work through ideas of vulnerability, empathy and romance. Contextualised by an undercurrent of queer theory and identity politics, I use techniques of casting, construction and drawing from an art-as-therapy perspective. I aim to support an ethic of radical empathy through my work by combining sentiments of tragedy, tenderness and humour.

My work draws upon blurred boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, confession and narrative. Influenced by the writings of art critics Chris Kraus and Jan Verwoert, this often results in text-based outcomes. Recent works have manifested as large-scale installations – printed banners, murals, public sculptures – geared towards a critique of the patriarchal histories of art making and theory. Alongside this aspect of my practice, expressions of smaller gestures materialize through internet collages and self-published zines.

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