I am fascinated by the role small parts in complex systems. An individual in relation to society. A muscle in relation to it’s body. My art is about the relationship between a small part to a larger whole. My work is fueled by ongoing exportation of materials, experimentation, and learning. I use clay, fibers, and recycled artifacts to create collages, sculptures and installations. I piece materials together to create objects greater than the sum of their parts.
Making art helps me make sense of what it means to live under capitalism, to be a player in a world which is inherently inequitable. I use materials that invite repetitive manipulation. As I tug, warp, weave, sew, bend, and balance to manipulate forms, I am forced to slow down. This warp of time is a small act of rebellion, a way of connecting my work to my body, to free myself from a connection to time which is essential for recording and monetizing.
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 the Director o Fiscal Sponsorship at New York Foundation for the Arts 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. She makes art about the world around her and the world she wants to exist.