MadmFia (Madeleine Matsson “Fia”) is a Swedish artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 2008. As a result of living in different countries and speaking five languages, her work is largely influenced by the transitory state of travel, which is seen in the fantasy worlds she constructs in her paintings and drawings. During the summer, Fia is in her studio in the woods of Sweden where the sun never sets and she can explore new directions in the solitude and peace away from Internet and reliable cell service. 


Artist Statement

Everything is an abstraction if seen in the right angle. By maintaining the craft and detail that goes into rendered drawings I am better able to understand shapes and depth in my abstract work. Each piece is more about the process than the end result, which can be seen in the complex layers of each painting. I attempt to attain a certain level of balance that allows the viewer to easily read the work from one corner to the next. While I express my own sentiments and recent experiences onto the canvas, I am inspired by the stories the viewer creates out of my expression.  Each piece is like a chapter and the series completes the book, which is unique to each beholder. 

I work in the mediums of oil, acrylic, and photo transfers of my illustrations and doodles. Having various styles, I find, reflects my lives in various cities with various languages. I am influenced by my surroundings, particularly the geometric forms of buildings juxtaposed with the organic and ephemeral forms of fog, reflections, and clouds. 

Vultures are often depicted in my work as I am fascinated with these creatures not only aesthetically but as their role as scavengers and their symbolic nature. I enjoy the concept of making something that is stereotypically seen as disgusting and showing it in a new light. Vultures are the unsung heroes of our ecosystem and a symbol of anti-consumerism as scavengers. I believe in a world where nothing goes to waste and I practice this in my art as well. Even if a piece isn't working out the way I had envisioned it, I let it evolve into something new. I know when a painting is done when it tells me a story rather than me dictating the meaning. 


Bushwick Studio - Hallbo, the Swedish studio - Paintings exhibited

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