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Madeleine Soloway

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Rochester, NY

Birth year

Lives in
Decatur, Georgia, US

Works in
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1981, MFA
Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, 1978, BFA

photography, landscape, mixed-media


My work examines the nature of human connections to the ebb and flow of life cycles found in the natural world.  My primary focus is in tying together diaphanous layers of fabricated histories. I am particularly intrigued with excavating layers often revealed after wreckage or decomposition.   Decay and destruction become the symbol of transition and change in both the human and natural world. 

I create solvent transfer prints from digital images of textures and surfaces found in natural and human terrains.  The prints are layered with contrasting images copied onto transparent film.  Divergent values and colors are used to establish the atmosphere and meaning of a piece. Spaces and passageways provide a transition between a hushed stillness found in nature and the slow natural decay in human made landscapes.  I am fascinated with the psychological dissonance found within incongruent and disparate realities, suggesting a fragile world with an ambiguous sense of time and space. 






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