Barbara Madsen

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Further Removed 1372, photograph 42 x 56 inches
Further Removed 1420, photograph 42 x 56 inches
Plastic, sculpture 54 x 48 x24 inches
Minecraft, sculpture 68 x 42 x 8 inches
Fur, sculptures 48 x 23 x 23 inches
Artist's Statement

I am not a pessimist: for better and worse we live in a "Plastic Age." Feeling a sense of urgency, I am engrossed in making a visual record of objects that North America consumes, hoards, collects, or is hyper-bored with, then discards. They are the predominant global products of our times, an economic commodity and an environmental disaster. My method is not documentary. I select the spectacular and mundane object: the inside of a toy, the handle of a tool, a tube, a dented ball, the guts of a vacuum, a part from a hair dryer and photograph them. The results are sometimes minimal, other times neo-pop-baroque, but when the objects are photographed out of their original habitat, the scale and context change.


Barbara Madsen is an artist and Associate Professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts. Her work has recently been shown at the New York Public Library in the Pictures Collection, Corner Room and Art in the Windows on 5th Avenue in New York. Madsen has shown installations at Pratt Institute, University of Delaware, and Drake University. She has designed stage sets and billboards. Her billboards were a public awareness campaign for social justice. Nationally and internationally she has had twenty solo exhibitions, and over hundred group shows.