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Madeleine Hope Arthurs
updated: 01/22/2014
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Self-Portrait 22
Self-Portrait 26
Self-Portrait 20
Self-Portrait 27
Self-Portrait 23
Self-Portrait 28
Self-Portrait 15
Self-Portrait 7
Self-Portrait 18
Self-Portrait 11
Self-Portrait 29
Self-Portrait 35
Self-Portrait 30
Self-Portrait 34
Self-Portrait 32
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, portraiture, autobiographical, identity, figurative, narrative
 
 
Self-Portrait 22 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 22
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2013
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Self-Portrait 26 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 26
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2013
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Self-Portrait 20 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 20
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2013
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Self-Portrait 27 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 27
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2013
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Self-Portrait 23 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 23
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2013
11 " x  8.5 " 
Self-Portrait 28 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 28
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2013
11" x  8.5" 
Self-Portrait 15 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 15
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2013
11 " x  8.5 " 
Self-Portrait 7 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 7
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2013
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Self-Portrait 18 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 18
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2013
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Self-Portrait 11 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 11
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2013
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Self-Portrait 29 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 29
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2013
11 " x  8.5 " 
Self-Portrait 35 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 35
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Self-Portrait 30 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 30
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Self-Portrait 34 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 34
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Self-Portrait 32 by Madeleine  Hope Arthurs
Self-Portrait 32
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2013
11" x  8.5" 

Artist Statement

Animal spirits have influenced art and humans throughout history.  Ancient Egyptians perceived animals as representations of divine creativity.   The Native American tradition embraces sacred animal spirits who remind people of their deep connection to their surroundings.  In West Africa there was a theory that the external soul is deposited in an animal.   The magical power of animals is also a prominent theme in my self-portraits.  My images try to capture the subconscious instinctive power of animals and the conflicting conscious desires of humans. 

In my artwork, I am drawn to a particular inner conflict.  All animals, including people, experience instinctual urges.  However, people are often afraid of following these urges.  They tend to want to suppress their primal instincts, and intentionally design what they do according to what they think will have an ideal outcome.  People are often more comfortable listening to what they think they want rather then what their body is telling them they need.  Letting go of tight control is very unsettling.  My new self-portraits try to capture this unsettling feeling that can be anxious and scary, and it can be playful and hopeful.  I am interested in the ways people negotiate their conflicting subconscious instincts and conscious desires.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Education: 

School of Visual Arts, NYC

-1998 MFA: Paula Rhodes Memorial Award.

-1996 BFA: with Honors, Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement. 

Curated Artist Registries:

The Viewing Program's Slide Registry: The Drawing Center, NYC.  June 2000-Present

Curated Artist Registry: White Columns, NYC.  May 2002-July 2011

The Warehouse: Exit Art/The First World, NYC.  April 2000-Jan 2004

Select Group Exhibitions:

2014

MFA as Visual Essay 30th Anniversary Exhibition,”  The School of Visual Arts Gallery, NYC.  Nov 2014.

2013

“Humans, Words and Animals,” Curate NYC at Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY.  Nov 2013.

2012

“Exit with a Bang,” Exit Art, NYC. March 2012.

2011

“Outer Space,” Exit Art.  May 2011.

2010

“Ecstasy 2010,” Exit Art. June 2010.

2009

“The Labyrinth Wall,” Exit Art, collaboration with students from PS 274.  Dec 2008 – Feb 2009.

2008

“Expose 2008,” Exit Art. May 2008. 

2007

“Sun Pictures to Mega-Pixels,”  Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn. Sept – Oct 2007.

2006

“Being There,” The School of Visual Arts Gallery. Nov – Dec 2006.