WonderRoot Podcast: Making Sense of Nick Madden’s Mysticism

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Nick Madden, Spirit Animal 2, 2013, 19 x 24 x 4 inches, mixed media on wood, courtesy of artist.

Nick Madden shares some insight about the moods his work evokes, how teaching kids has influenced his approach, and surviving a stare down with President Barack Obama. 

“I create work based on the notion that materials discarded by most of society deserve a new life.  Chunks of wood, rusty nails, used pencils, cardboard, broken furniture, and scrap metal all have a way of mixing and mingling with paint, paper, plaster, and clay in my work to create large collages of messy beauty.  The images I create convey a mood rather than make a statement.  The idea that art can and should be imperfect, rough around the edges, emotional, both happy and a bit sad plays a large role in my work.  When creating art, I prefer to play the part of a weird mystic who is compelled to bang strange materials together, not over-thinking anything, trying to make sense of the world around me.” 

Georgia Museum of Art: Graphic Eloquence: American Modernism on Paper on view through September 4

Nick Madden’s first solo show is currently on display at the Portal Gallery in Atlanta.


Audio: Click the player above to listen to Hall’s conversation with Nick Madden, or download the MP3.


Georgia Museum of Art: Graphic Eloquence: American Modernism on Paper on view through September 4


BURNAWAY Radio now shares WonderRoot podcasts. The WonderRoot podcast series offers listeners a vast array of conversations and insights into WonderRoot and the Atlanta cultural community, while continuing our mission of uniting artists and community to inspire social change. These conversations also serve as a platform to highlight the wide spectrum of artists and initiatives that impact Atlanta, with an eye to how these discussions may also affect the global communities in which we live. WonderRoot believes that artists have the potential to change the world; we are artists giving back to the community that has done so much to inspire us.

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