Madeleine Burt is an artist who lives and works in Nottingham, UK. Her paintings reference aspects of the natural world and currently explore themes to do with commitment, separation and loss. She is interested in why society places more value on cognitive intelligence, than emotional intelligence; and in our need to explain the world through the acquisition of facts.
Her most recent painting series is based on four baby bird skeletons which were uncovered from behind a boarded up chimney breast. The association with soot, death and subsequent redemption has links for the artist with the novel Waterbabies, by Charles Kingsley. The skeletons serve as a reminder of unfulfilled potential and of the peculiar beauty found in things perished. The novel explored themes relevant to the morality of human relationships and behaviour, which are themes visited in this body of work.
She is also working on another ongoing series that uses imagery of lobsters as a reference to the false promise of commitment. There is a common misconception that lobsters pair for life, and so have wrongly come to symbolise lifelong commitment within relationships. As they do not pair for life, they can be used more accurately as a symbol of failed relationships; of deception and distrust; of the unfulfilled expectations we place on others; or of the various relationships that we lose through life.
Madeleine's paintings have highly worked surfaces, where often the complex rhythmic textures help embed a sense of imagery into the surface, rather than allowing the imagery to sit on the surface. She uses artists' quality oil paints mixed, at times, with a high-gloss, resin-based medium. Please contact her via her website for details of purchasing work, or to arrange to view the work firsthand.