Born Galway, Ireland, 1976, lives and works in Dublin
In allusion to the late, Fred Sandback, who desired the construction of ‘…sculpture that didn’t have an inside’, Maggie Madden converts near-nothingness, voids or absences, into softly contained, melancholic space. From sculpted lines of telephone and fibre optical cables, her exquisite and often barely visible “drawings in space” upload high modernist moments, further evoked and teased in her site-specific installations: most recently, these weightless, “inaudible” structures are produced from coloured plastic bags, diversely sourced from travels near and far, from the exotics of Morocco, Portugal, to the prosaics of her local butcher, the corner store and Dublin City Council bins. The resulting multi-colour falls, drapes and panels are (apparently) casually tape-joined into translucent topographies. Looking up, looking down, looking through; are all critical to the content, meanings and readings embedded in Madden’s saturated installations. Devoid of trickery or illusion and rather than defying gravity, her sculptures simply appear to have none.
Studying Fine Art at Limerick School of Art and Design (BA) and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (MFA), Madden has worked and exhibited ceaselessly over the past decade, refining her practice and developing a dedicated following throughout Ireland for her elegant minimalism. Madden’s first solo exhibition with mother’s tankstation limited, hardly audible, in April 2016, was closely followed by a breakthrough international debut at Paris Internationale. Further solo exhibitions include Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2016; RUA RED, Dublin, 2015; The Dock, Leitrim, 2013; and The LAB, Dublin, 2012. Madden has won awards, bursaries and residencies from The Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Arts Council of Ireland; and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.