From Newchild Gallery - Madeleine creates highly personal landscape paintings which stem from a desire to simplify nature. She begins her process by taking phone photographs of forests and parks, mostly in the Adirondack mountains. Bialke then transforms this source material with pen, ink, and coloured pencil drawings. The resulting compositions feature color gradients and smooth, elliptical volumes that evoke animation and the digital realm. Bialke also translates these studies onto canvas. Her lurid backgrounds reflect the strange, polluted sunsets she sees from Brooklyn, where she lives and works.
“I want to make beautiful, loving images of our environment which also imbue a sense of foreboding,” Bialke says. “I contextualize them within a climate that has become a ‘second nature’—a kind of post-industry ecology with new, high-stakes environmental concerns.”