Madeleine Cutrona is fascinated by the role small parts play in complex systems. She makes art about the world around her and the world she wants to exist. Cutrona creates collages, sculptures, digital prints, and installations with a wide variety of materials: paper, clay, digital prints, fibers, and recycled artifacts.
Cutrona’s artistic process is inspired by the textures, patterns, forms, and colors of her materials. She tugs, warps, weaves, sews, bends, and balances to manipulate forms. She is attracted to repetitive processes that invite slowness and meditative attention because they require the maker to alter her behavior. She incorporates doodles, cut paper, photographic processes and stray marks into her work. Cutrona edits, selects, pares, and sorts to negotiate an imprecise balance between abstraction and occasional narrative content. Through her material choices and working processes, she examines how consumption and power reinforce and reproduce cultural norms.
Cutrona’s work is fueled by her uncertainty of how to exist in an unapologetically inequitable world. She is intrigued by the ways groups of people create meaning through ritual and fascinated by the way social norms influence behavior and how authority impacts relationships. Cutrona makes art to help her make sense of what it means to live under capitalism, to be a player in a world which is inherently inequitable.
Madeleine Cutrona studied Anthropology and Studio Art at the University of Rochester and graduated with honors in 2008. She earned her MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012 and her NYS Teaching Certification in PK-12 Visual Arts in 2021. She is currently a Senior Program Officer in Fiscal Sponsorship where she consults with artists about fundraising, grant proposals and project management. Her practice includes making art, teaching art, and connecting others to the means to create and share their own art. Cutrona lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.