The quote, “Variety’s the spice of life” appeals to me in so many ways. I am truly a visual artist; I take in as many sights and visual stimuli on a daily basis as I can. I look for inspiration in nature, design, architecture, film and fashion; I find it all around me in detailed sights, symbols and visual cues.
What drives me is creating artwork that expresses visually, something that is within me and did not exist before I created it. I work in various mediums and enjoy experimenting and creating new techniques. Sculptures and paintings, and combining the two, is my newest frontier. I love my power tools! Working with my hands by building panels and cutting wood, allows me to create and combine paintings with repurposed materials and mixed media. I start off with either canvas or my hand made wood panels and use a couple of compounds to create different types of textures. I start underpainting in acrylic paint working also with numerous mediums combined in various ways, pencil, charcoal, pastels, India ink, pen ink, solvent transfers, watercolor, and oil paint and oil sticks then I add more texture with scraping tools and finish sometimes with a translucent glue.
I have a range of series from the abstract to the figurative, themes of movement, texture, layering and combining mediums; although, nature, color, and certain design elements can be found as a connecting thread throughout all of my work. Multiples and repetition are also constants in my work. Modular arrangements and connecting pieces together to expand the size and the narrative is one of the interesting possibilities I continue to explore.
My work tends to be about what is current in my life at that time as well as the mixture of my painting techniques and series combining “the eclectic, the raw and the refined”. The work I do will change and evolve, just as a symbol in life, as it is still you as time goes on, but with even more experience and depth. My artwork is symbolic for the journey that tells my story. I look forward to the future and the change that comes through a variety of experiences and continuing exploration. The possibilities are limitless and I can’t be held back!
Press Release 2013 Sustainability Matters Art Show, San Diego, CA
Margot Waller Madgett is a painter, sculptor, photographer and mixed media artist. Within the complex dichotomy of daily life, Margot seeks to balance serenity within the hectic pace of contemporary culture. Margot's paintings are intimate, introspective expressions that convey eloquence, a quiet refinement of color and maturity of expression, while maintaining a sense of intrigue. Searching for permanence and substance beyond our daily lives, she uses everyday sights as visual cues in her paintings, at times incorporating birds, symbols, and organic forms as subject matter for pieces that often beg the question: object or symbol? There exists in her work a simple, undeniable integrity in the expression and in the images. The integration of color, mood form and composition create a unity, which is both understated and deeply moving.
In her Currents, Cycles and Grooves (CCG) series, Margot uses and explores lines in movement. With the CCG series, Margot designs and builds a sequence of individual panels both large and small, with layers of color, texture, crisp lines and deep grooves to create currents of energy and cycles, weaving them in and out, to and fro, pushing and pulling the viewer throughout her work. However you look at them, there is a sort of pulsating energy about them with a distinctive color and mood. These pieces are intended to be modular, allowing Margot the versatility to alter the arrangement of her work in response to her mood or to a given architecture.
Margot works in acrylic paint along with other media such as oil, pencil, charcoal, Conte` crayon, ink, oil stick, gold leaf, solvent transfers, patching cement, glue and some sculptural elements such as recycled wood, fabric and metal on multiple handmade wood panels and canvas or a mixture of the two. Aware of the changes in the world and the environment we live, Margot has been incorporating more non toxic materials and eco-friendly techniques in her work over the years, constantly researching and experimenting with new ways to paint effectively and still be conscious of the effects manufactured art mediums can have on the environment. She builds wood panel supports to paint on from salvaged wood and uses discarded latex paints to save them from ending up in landfills. She also incorporates natural dyes and stains from organic materials such as coffee grinds, beet juice, onion skins, and grass. Margot has a collection of recycled objects as well as studio constructed tools made out of sticks and bamboo that she works with to create textures, lines and patterns. Some of Margot’s sculptural works consist of a found piece of drift wood off Cardiff beach or scraps of metal screen worked into something to be viewed and appreciated as opposed to being discarded waste.
Margot was born and raised on the island of Guam, until moving to San Diego with her family in the early seventies. She studied Art at SDSU and Santa Monica College before launching into a lifelong discipline of self study, combining and experimenting with various mediums and techniques; including her signature portraiture commission series of children she coined “Art Image Portraiture”. She currently lives and works in coastal North San Diego County, California with her husband and two children. Margot has exhibited extensively throughout southern California and is in corporate and private collections. Art critic, Robert Pincus writes, “The CCG series is ethereal and absorbing, which evokes a series of prominent sources they include Cy Twombly and Brice Marden”.