A R T I S T G A L L E R Y
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Dudley, MA 01571
Phone: (617) 480-230
Madeleine Lord has been making her art all her life. A childhood student in her paternal grandmother Katharine Lord’s Evanston Illinois Art Academy, she took to heart her grandmother’s advice: don’t worry about being an artist, just ask yourself if you can stop – if not, your life will be about making art and that is all there is.
Madeleine majored in art at Smith College, where Leonard Baskin taught print making and professor Elliot Offner stated if you can’t draw you can’t make art.
Madeleine always worked on her art no matter the claims of marriage or single mothering. Her oeuvre includes drawing, painting, woodcut prints, monoprints, photography, and animation as well as metal sculpture. She started working with steel in an adult ed. class at Shawsheen Vocational High School in Billerica MA in 1983. Her first public work “Revolutionary Figures” was installed at Fort Washington Park, Cambridge MA in 1987. It included four life size minutemen based on photos she took at re-enactments, and a figure of a woman representing the D.A.R. who in the late 19th century transformed the fort to a park.
In the past twenty years she has created both large public works as well as many small steel sculptures for homes or gardens. Her work has been included in Chesterwood MA. Contemporary Sculpture, and was featured in Sculpture Fest, Woodstock Vermont in 2002. In 2003 she created a 9/11 Memorial, “The Enduring American Spirit” for Whitinsville MA, and was invited to design a garden installation for the City of Chicago’s Millenium Park opening celebration in 2003.
Her recent work combines found scrap metal into figures, flowers and animals. She visits metal waste yards to search for ingredients, and friends leave things in her driveway. Each piece starts with gathering – looking for scraps which are interesting by themselves. How they end up is unpredictable. Finished work is the result of “choice and fit” in the words of the late John Chamberlain. Subjects appear from the scraps or from the news or even the occasional leak from personal history.
Alumna of Sewickley Academy, Santa Catalina Monterey CA, and Smith College Northampton MA, Madeleine has an MBA from Lesley University. Weekdays she is an IT professional, marketing database specialist.
Written by James Thompson, Curator
Chasing the Image, Madeleine Lord and Sally Massengale,
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville North Carolina
October 2012 – January 2013.