My practice is informed by coming of age alongside the proliferation of the internet as a space of affective performance. My drawings reference celebrity fan art, personal blogs, commercial graphics, and reality TV narratives. I diligently render screen-bright colours and textures lifted from widely available, often disposable images found online: e-cards, promotional graphics, ClipArt, memes and pop-up ads; as well as offline: educational materials, found commercial signage, and generic motivational wall art. Though my work riffs on existing imagery, it comes from an earnest place of fascination, and an urge to confront my own romantic fantasies. Where there is a projection of fantasy, there is also the desperation of yearning for the unattainable. Through drawings, paintings, and sculptural objects, I aim to illustrate this negotiation of emotional responses, especially the sentimentalization of the suffering of love.
Maddy Mathews is a visual artist working primarily in drawing, painting, and sculpture. She has participated in Roundtable Residency, created an installation for the Art Gallery of Ontario, performed at Nuit Blanche and the performance art show Doored, curated by Life of a Craphead. Maddy has a public access TV show about her sword called Sword Stuff, and in 2018 designed a t-shirt for punk icon Kathleen Hanna's charity Tees4Togo. In 2012, Maddy was voted valedictorian of her graduating class at NSCAD University. Maddy currently lives in Montreal where she is an MFA candidate at Concordia University.