INTERVIEW • MADISON CLEARY
“The pieces I’m making now are large-scale drawings of microscopic forms, both
animate and inanimate, that are amalgamations of formal and textural elements of
nature and the microscopic world. The feeling of looking at my art is the same as
making it except it hurts my wrist less.”
Tell us about your background in art. Were you formally trained and when did you start illustrating?
I’ve been drawing since my hands could hold stuff. The extent of my formal training ends at high school which laid a nice foundation for my unguided development in the last five years.
Can you describe your art work?
My work is a bunch of made-up microorganisms and microscopic objects drawn in mono or duo chrome in the medium of one or a mix of the following: pencil, grease pencil, ink, and acrylic paint.
Many of your illustrations are minimalistic and use a restricted colour palette. What draws you to this and what challenges are posed because of this?
The satisfaction I get when making a piece is more palpable in the finished product if I incorporate only a few main formal characters and limited colour. I also prefer the feeling of a singular impact when I look at my drawings, so those elements help in that department as well.
I haven’t found any challenges yet — wherever these pieces are coming from, there’s a lot of room to run around.
What influences your work outside of art?
Nature and the microscopic world, food, and furniture.
Any future projects?
Schrodingers. And later, whenever it becomes viable, I hope to produce bigger pieces and resume drawing and painting on glass.