About

MADELINE MACKAY

Image credit: Miriam Rudolph

Flesh seeps into every aspect of my work. Sometimes it is barely suggested and sometimes it is overt: a hand, a knee or a whole body, or a pile of visceral strands that evoke flesh only obliquely. In death, flesh has become meat. It is no longer an animal and it is not yet earth, although it exists somewhere on a continuum between the two. It is not animal and yet a fractured version of the taboos of the body still clings to it. It elicits the same feeling of conflicting repulsion and attraction that a body does, and in an indefinite way it even has the skeleton of an identity. Flesh marks the transitional moment between animate and inanimate; it is dead and yet it is suffused with a history of being alive.

 

These themes are both universal and intensely personal. During summer 2016 I was diagnosed with a disorder that caused my immune system to attack the platelets in my blood. I have never been more aware that my flesh has an existence that is independent of mine. I have never felt more mortal. Not Yet Earth is both an attempt to understand the unique character of flesh and to regain a sense of control over it. The dead flesh is my drawing tool and my creation. Through manipulating it I impose my will on its existence and also by implication upon my own living flesh. Conversely, in becoming an extension of my body, the material acts upon my substance and changes it in return.

 

I am a Scottish visual artist, currently living and working in Edmonton, Canada, where I expect to recieve my MFA in printmaking from the University of Alberta in Spring 2018. I comleted a BA(hons) at DJCAD, Dundee, in 2012. I have exhibited in juried, group and solo exhibitions at galleries and artist-run centres in the UK and Canada. I have taught drawing and printmaking both at the University of Alberta and in Sambaa K’e, NT, where I was artist-in-residence in 2014. I have upcoming solo exhibitions at Alberta Printmakers, Calgary and Martha Street Studio Gallery, Winnipeg.

 

 

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Born 1989

 

Education

2015-

MFA in Printmaking, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2008-2012

BA(Hons) Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

 

Awards

2016

AFA Scholarship, University of Alberta

2013

RSW Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award

RE Anthony Dawson Young Printmaker Award

DSWAY Young and Wild category award

2012

RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award

RE Joseph Webb Memorial Prize

DSWAY Young and Wild category award

2011

WPA Timothy Greenwood Award for travel in Nepal

 

Residencies

2013

A Forest of Glass, Northlands Creative Glass and Borgie Forest Cabin project, 8 weeks, North Sutherland and Lybster, UK

2012

Aland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence, 6 weeks, Aland Archipelago, Finland

WPA trek, Timothy Greenwood Award, 2 weeks, Annapurna foothills, Nepal

 

Collections

2013

RSA collections, Edinburgh, UK

 

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2014

Madeline Mackay, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2012

Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, UK

 

Group exhibitions

2016

Fresh Prints, SNAP Printshop, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2015

Festschrift, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, UK

Eoghan Bridge - Lotte Globb - Janette Kerr - Alan Macdonald - Jane Macneill - Madeline Mackay, Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire, UK

2014

Lyth Summer Show, Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness, UK

Nicola Toms - Madeline Mackay, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Sussex, UK

Celtic connections, Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol, UK

2013

Hock-Aun Teh - Alan McGowan - Madeline Mackay, Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-Shire, UK

RSA Annual Members Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

Summer exhibition, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Sussex, UK

Animal Inspirations, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, UK

Dorset Exhibition (in association with the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery), Dorset, UK

Winter Exhibition, Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire, UK

Making an Impact, Impact 8 Print Conference, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK

Impact 8 print conference open folio session, Impact 8 Print Conference, Dundee, UK

The Drawing Room, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

On a Small Scale, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Royal College of Physicians Christmas Exhibition, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, UK

2012

Christmas Exhibition, Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire, UK

Cabinet Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, UK

Autumn Exhibition, Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, West Sussex, UK

New Generation Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, UK

 

Juried exhibitions

2014

RWS Watercolour Competition, Bankside Gallery, London, UK

Macmillan Exhibition, Bonhams, Edinburgh, UK

2013

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London, UK

RI Annual exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, UK

RSW Annual exhibition, RSA Galleries, Edinburgh, UK

Macmillan Art of Nature exhibition, Bonhams, Edinburgh, UK

2012

NOAC, Chichester and London, UK

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London, UK

EWA Award, London, UK

Neo Print Prize Exhibition, Bolton, UK

MIWAS Exhibition, Rookesbury Park Manor, Hants, UK

 

Art Fairs

2013

20/21 International Art Fair, The Royal College of Art, London, UK

Watercolour and Works on Paper Fair, The Science Museum, London, UK

 

Public artworks

2011

Public artwork for The Woodland Trust at the Moncrieff Woodland Sculpture Trail, Perth, UK