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Madeleine Stern
updated: 06/16/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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ID Swap
MHS Rainbow Dog
MBS St Roche
Surprise and Dismay
Dead and Gone
St Madeleine
Golden Gate
From the Estate
Paradise
Republique
Legion of Honor
Installation View: St Madeleine and Object Families
Object Family
Double Peacock 2
Double Peacock 1
 
Portfolio Keywords:  pattern, animals, fantasy, feminist, humor, identity, kitsch, historical, obsessive, psychological
 
 
ID Swap by Madeleine Stern
ID Swap
Graphite, water color, metal leaf on paper
January 2008
2.25" x  3.5" 
MHS Rainbow Dog by Madeleine Stern
MHS Rainbow Dog
Silkscreen, water color, color xerox collage on paper
February 2008
11" x  8.5" 
MBS St Roche by Madeleine Stern
MBS St Roche
Silkscreen, water color, sumi ink, color xerox collage on paper
February 2008
11" x  8.5" 
Surprise and Dismay by Madeleine Stern
Surprise and Dismay
Silkscreen, ink on paper
April 2008
11" x  8.5" 
Dead and Gone by Madeleine Stern
Dead and Gone
Silkscreen, ink on paper
April 2008
11" x  8.5" 
St Madeleine by Madeleine Stern
St Madeleine
Acrylic gouache and color xerox copies on paper
May 2008
47" x  32.5" 
Golden Gate by Madeleine Stern
Golden Gate
Acrylic gouache and gold leaf on paper
March 2008
31.5" x  47" 
From the Estate by Madeleine Stern
From the Estate
Gouache, color xerox copies, gold leaf on paper
February 2008
22" x  30" 
Paradise by Madeleine Stern
Paradise
Gouache, color xerox copies on paper
April 2008
44" x  90" 
Republique by Madeleine Stern
Republique
Acrylic gouache on paper
March 2008
30" x  44" 
Legion of Honor by Madeleine Stern
Legion of Honor
Acrylic gouache on paper
March 2008
30" x  44" 
Installation View: St Madeleine and Object Families  by Madeleine Stern
Installation View: St Madeleine and Object Families
Collected objects, digital photos, and gold leaf, acrylic gouache, color xerox copies on paper
May 2008
Dimensions variable
Object Family by Madeleine Stern
Object Family
Digital print mounted with gold leaf edges
May 2008
6" x  4" 
Double Peacock 2 by Madeleine Stern
Double Peacock 2
Digital photograph of gouache and colored pencil on paper, projection
May 2008
5" x  7" 
Double Peacock 1 by Madeleine Stern
Double Peacock 1
Digital photograph of gouache and colored pencil on paper, projection
May 2008
5" x  7" 

Artist Statement

Drawn to the more extreme collecting of objects, the uncanny, and the obsessive, I am exploring the acts of choosing, collecting, and placing objects in a personal space. This work is linked to environments like Victorian interiors, where decadent ultra accumulation, obsessive repetition, hyper patterning, and an extreme level of choice and control, can reveal and reflect an individual’s desires.

 

Much of my recent work has originated from the discovery, through a Google search, of another Madeleine Stern (NY, 1912-2007). She and her partner lead rich lives, publishing over 40 scholarly books and memoirs, traveling widely, and operating an antiquarian book dealership for over fifty years. After visiting the other Madeleine’s partially emptied apartment and receiving objects that belonged to her including jewelry, books, and figurines, I found myself with a small trove of items and information. Like a scientist left with the outcome of a long series of experiments, I have been wading through my findings. These investigations have continued into the Madeleine character in the film Vertigo, St. Madeleine, and Proust’s Madeleine, but always orbit the conceit of the object and its copy.

Artist Bio / CV
Madeleine Stern lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She recently earned an MFA from Pratt Institute and received a BA from Oberlin College. She previously worked as at the ICA, Philadelphia; The Galleries at Moore College; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.