“Everything I do, everything I cherish, everything that satisfies me; these things bring me comfort and protection, and yet I feel trapped by doctrine and imposed values. In turn, I challenge myself to question my domesticated upbringing and the society in which I live by recreating memories that are often difficult to face. I tear back layers from my façade to recapture these past experiences, which can be agonizing, yet it is inevitable that I continue. This is catharsis. The process results in an artifact; a residue of the original memory, replacing what was once stifling or painful. I incorporate my own body as a canvas to push the boundaries of sexuality vs. maternity; shock vs. nurture. In my works, I utilize raw building materials usually hidden behind the walls such as: fiberglass insulation, air conditioning ducts and ventilation systems. In contrast, I use domestic objects used within the context of daily routine such as: dining room chairs, kitchen utensils, and traditional women’s work such as: quilting, crochet and embroidery. By combining materials that make up the home, with objects found within the home, I create an interior/exterior dialogue and in turn ask the viewer to question their own positions.”
Madison Hendry (b.1985, Cleveland, OH) received her MFA in Sculpture from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY in 2011. Madison studied under the influential conceptual artists Vito Acconci, Blane de St. Croix and Tom Scicluna. Madison’s works on Motherhood have been exhibited internationally, including her most recent exhibition with ProCreate Project, “Mother Art Prize'', Cromwell Place, London, 2020, Solo Exhibition, “Mother/Infant,”Unperceived Existence, Gallery Shush, Europe (2018), “Project AfterBirth,” Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); the first ever international exhibition on the subject of early parenthood. Publications include: “Mother Art”, Women Untied Art Magazine, House=Home, Arhitext, Romania. She is an Associate Artist of Digital Institute of Early Parenthood, with Artist Parent Index, Museum of Motherhood and an active Member of the Artist/Mother Thrive Together network.
Madison is known very well as a community birth worker and speaker at many conferences and Workshops, including: The Annual Museum of Motherhood Conference, NY, NY, The Motherboard Birth Summit, Postpartum Support International & United States Breastfeeding Committee Conference. She is a Certified Breastfeeding Educator (BAI), Certified Birth Doula (BWI) Certified Kangaroula with Jill and Dr. Nils Bergman and a Trainer/Mentor with BirthWorks International. She is married to Tattooer, Angus Hendry and they live in a restored Sear’s Kit Home in Olmsted Falls, OH with their 4 children, including and a new baby!