Madeline Irvine is an inter-disciplinary artist whose focus is the natural world. Working intuitively, she uses an open range of media to express and develop the original conception of the work. Recent work includes salt paintings and drawings, floating light sculptures, time-lapse video and photography.
Nature has been of primary importance to Irvine throughout life. In 1992, she started painting journals, which began a process of work that was based on the natural element of water. This led to making art in concert with the environment by working with elements including rain, heat, and cold, while marking the passage of time. Since 2010, Irvine works in partnership with nature – setting up ‘situations’ in which natural elements interact and working with that outcome. Her current work is based on the ocean.
Irvine was born in Manhattan and raised there and in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Residing in the city, nature was experienced through Central Park and the great rivers flowing past the island, while museum visits were weekly outings. In Croton-on-Hudson, she lived surrounded by woods. Irvine received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked in art related fields as the Director of School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, a curator at the Montserrat School of Art, the lead visual arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman, and as a professor at Austin Community College. In Austin, she founded Look See Productions, which organizes thematic exhibitions with performing arts components. Her work has been shown around the country, and artists residencies have helped propel her work.
Irvine lives and works in Austin, Texas.