Madeleine Bialke graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in May of 2013 with a B.F.A. in Studio Art, which included a double concentration in Painting and Printmaking, and a minor in Art History. She currently lives in Trumansburg, and has painted Adirondack landscapes for three years. Most references are gathered from the areas around Stillwater Reservoir, and Lake Champlain. This body of work shifts back and forth between abstraction and representation in an effort to accurately depict the combined reality, feeling, and memory of a place.
“The expressive and intuitive properties in painting allow me to seek a harmony between content and process. I examine the complex relationships between chaos and clarity, brutality and grace, and bright and muted hues. The representation of the landscape functions as a structural point of departure for the abstraction of color and shape. Abstraction is used as a vessel to the unknown, the abysmal, and the overwhelming joy of existence that can be found when confronting the vastness of nature—alone. I choose color in the service of memory and mood not as a document of the physical world, because the idea of a place is more compelling to me than its reality. The subject matter is derived from scenes that evoke a silent power.
‘In Transit’ is a sampling of works painted from October of 2013 to the present. This compilation represents an evolution in visual vocabulary, mark making, and concept.”
Ms. Bialke’s work will be on display at the library through May, with an opening reception on Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm.