Chris Madans works in the tradition of found-object assemblage. She has long explored themes of family and personal history, love, loss, denial, longing, and redemption. Her work is introspective and yet always touches on our shared experience. Madan’s work is poetic and infused with psychological drama, fantastic little worlds that will feel comfortingly familiar to the viewer, but also suggest that if you dig a little deeper you will find underlying menace, that something is amiss, that maybe her little worlds somehow mirror our own hidden feelings.
The artist states, “I am a collector. I collect things, bits and pieces, small objects from my immediate environment, history and the collective history of strangers. I look for old, used, cast off articles. All of these fragments have had previous identities and uses, the patina of human hands and time. I sort through my collections, select and recombine these found objects into collage/assemblage compositions. The finished pieces engage with the act of memory and the exploration of inner and outer worlds. The objects are reinvented as symbols, icons and characters. Housed in frames, boxes, and display cabinets, these compositions are united by spirit, theme and purpose.”