Madeleine’s quirky and unique images display rich decorative line and bold patterns in her distinctive free-hand style.
[lead]Reoccurring themes such as birds, dream snippets, daily rituals, life versus death, staring faces, skeletons, beasts, angels & devils, dogs, poultry and gingerbread style homes embellished with plenty of nature’s goodness possess a strange kind of beauty.[/lead]
Many of her designs comprise of gentle yet slightly surreal imagery that delivers an edgy punch. Her metaphoric style echoes imagery found in Mexican folklore such as The Day of the Dead. In the mid 80’s Madeleine was involved in the emerging Melbourne underground graffiti and street art scene. She has continued to be driven by the street art movement which she notes as having a huge influence on her art. Her influences include natural history and past and present legends such as Lady Pink, Mirka Mora and Niki de Saint Phalle.
Born in 1972 to Jan and Ralph Seidel, the youngest of five, Madeleine had an idealistic childhood. Her parents always supported and encouraged her artistic inclinations since day dot – no ifs, buts or maybes. Forever fascinated with the natural world, she grew up amongst a menagerie of animals, family, good music, great cooking and a large leafy backyard for daydreaming and collecting bits and bobs in. She loathed having to study and going to school all through her formative years, yet ironically now considers herself privileged to work in the education system as an art specialist.
Madeleine graduated in 1994 having obtained a degree in Architectural Ceramics at Monash University, Caulfield. She gained her Teaching degree (primary & secondary) in 2001 at Deakin University, Burwood and began a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Monash, Caulfield. Madeleine originally dedicated herself to ceramics, concrete sculpture and mosaics which she sold through the likes of The Artist Garden, Fitzroy and Art Infusion, Prahran from the early 90’s through to 2000. More recently, Madeleine focuses on her painting, freelance illustration, works on paper and other commissioned projects through her business Little Circus Design.
Throughout the years, Madeleine has participated in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions. She has had many public and private mosaics and murals specially commissioned; she has collaborated with many artists on both small and large-scale projects and partaken in artist in residencies. Recently her art was commissioned by The National Gallery of Victoria and was also chosen to feature on and throughout The Blackeyed Susans Retrospective album.
2013 Customized Shoes for Gorman
2012 Douglas & Hope artist plate series collaboration
2011 Third Drawer Down pillowcase collaboration
2011 Grove iPhone case design www.grovemade.com
2011 & 2012 The Design Files calendar www.thedesignfiles.net
2011 Idlewild Press www.idlewildpress.com
Master of Fine Arts, Monash University 2001-2003 (withdrawal in good standing)
Bachelor of Education (Primary & Secondary) Deakin University 1999-2001
Bachelor of Arts, Monash University 1991-1994
2009 Bob Boutique Gallery, Bendigo BIRDSVILLE (Solo Show)
Outre Gallery, Melbourne Art Fights Fire fundraiser
Famous When Dead Gallery, Melbourne Portrait Show
2008 China Heights, Sydney ‘THEY HEART SKATEBOARD ART’ (Group Show)
1998 ARTIST GARDEN, Melbourne, WATER IN THE GARDEN GROUP SHOW
GALLERY RANFURLIE, Melbourne, (GROUP SHOW)
ARTIST GARDEN, Melbourne, MIXED MOSAICS
1996 ART INFUSION, Melbourne, CRACKED DOESN’T MEAN BROKEN! (solo show)
1995 ARTIST GARDEN, Melbourne, MOSAIC 95
ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING, Melbourne, Art in Action exhibitor
1994 WESTPAC GALLERY, Melbourne, WALKER CERAMICS AWARD COMPETITION
MEAT MARKET CRAFT CENTRE, MONASH UNIVERSITY GRADUATION SHOW
The Jacky Winter Group
Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne
Gallery 360, Western Australia
SELECTED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
ROYAL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, MELBOURNE
CITY OF STONNINGTON, MELBOURNE
THE BLACKEYED SUSANS
KOROWA ANGLICAN GIRLS SCHOOL, MELBOURNE
ST MICHAELS GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MELBOURNE
ST JAMES SCHOOL, BRIGHTON, MELBOURNE
Copeland Publishing, Herman Miller, Meredith Music Festival, Notebook Magazine, Oxford University Press, The Australian Financial Review, The Australian Readers Digest, The Blackeyed Susans, The National Gallery of Victoria.
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