Madara Mason

“My technique is tightly woven with the reasons why I create art in the first place. For me, that mystery and verbal transcendence comes through contemplating animals, the natural universe, and our relationship to the narratives that frame those things. My current body of work is often comprised of transparent layers, erasures, and small iterative marks (usually made with acrylic markers, my fingers, or small brushes) that represent both text-like speech and symbols from weather and nautical maps. Animals and masks, my subject matter, are characters in these landscapes and their edges are often tightly integrated into the landscape through the use of those iterative marks. In the best cases, one is struck by the idea that we are part of many integrated relationships and the mystery of the universe is comical, weird, and strangely beautiful, even if we can’t always figure out where the boundaries are.”