Madara Mason has been working as a studio artist for more than 20 years. She works in mixed and digital media and her pieces usually incorporate elements such as paper, fiber, found objects, and paint. Her digital work usually incorporates pixels but occasionally a vector or two finds its way in.
Madara lives with her husband, the poet Christopher Miles, author of Armor & Ornament (forthcoming 2019), her children and cats in Fairbanks, AK, where a one-car garage has long served as her studio. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with an MA in Literature, she’s been teaching a variety of courses for her alma mater for the life of her art career. The courses she teaches online can be found here.
In the Media
Theresa Bakker was kind enough to take the time to interview me for my recent exhibit in the UA Museum of the North. The following is excerpted from their blog and you can read the rest of the interview there.
“Is there a theme to the artworks that you selected for this show?
So many artists have made powerful political statements regarding women’s work, and I don’t feel I need to repeat those statements. But by the same token, in rejecting that emphasis, I might ALSO be guilty of rejecting women’s work as irrelevant. The traditions I allude to in my work are more meaningful than the generic label of women’s work: the reuse of old materials, mending the broken, using patterns to bind a community through the use of shared imagery, and constructing objects that carry the memories of a family or individual.”
From April-July 2018, a selection of my recent work will be on display in the University of Alaska Museum of the North cafe gallery. The Museum recently announced this exhibit: “Madara Mason is an eclectic artist. Her work combines paper, beads, found objects, dressmaking patterns, grant rejections, prescription labels, block prints, magazine and book cutouts, and traditional media like acrylic paint and ink. Born and raised in the South, Madara moved to Alaska in 1994 and began painting the animals and plants she found in her backyard.”read more
Fairbanks artist ‘searches for time’ in busy schedule Dorothy Chomicz email@example.com Jul 31, 2017 (2) Eric Engman/News-Miner Photos FAIRBANKS — With two kids, a husband and a full-time job teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Madara...read more