Madara Mason

mixed media, digital, fiber

Madara Mason is a studio and graphic artist in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her eclectic mixed media pieces run the gamut from landscapes, to animals, to mythical and symbolic narratives. But in each piece you can see a conversation occurring between her subject matter, its environment, and the materials used to create the piece. Her work explores the juxtaposition of ideas rather than the ideas or subject matter alone. 

While Madara identifies as an Alaskan after living in Fairbanks for more than twenty years, she was raised in the deep south and can beat anyone in a boiled peanut eating contest. She lives with her husband, the poet Christopher Miles, and two cats and has two children, Zoe and Finn, who occasionally grace her with their presence when they’re not working, attending classes, playing sports, or making art of their own. 

 

My art is the relic of an exploratory impulse and of a particular rabbit trail exploring the boundaries between formal concerns and marginalized art practices, especially women’s handicrafts. In using deconstructed, commercial crafting materials to build layered applications, some of my work evokes a particular universal memory I believe we all share: that shining limnal moment when we first realized there exists a constructed, civilized beauty in the world which is distinct from the beauty of the natural world. In that moment, we emerge from a psychological state of innocence—where everything appears natural, organic, eternal, and whole— into a different state of understanding, sensing that some beauty is fashioned from pulling the natural world apart and putting it back together again in meaningful ways and that nothing in nature is permanent.        —2018

 

EXHIBITIONS & WORK

 

Selected Solo Exhibits

I Contain Multitudes, Alaskan Artist Series, Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks, AK 2018

In Search of Lost Time, Well Street Art Co., Fairbanks, AK, 2017

Four and Twenty Black Birds, Alaska House Art Gallery, July 2016

Inherent Patterns, Ursa Major, Fairbanks, AK, Feb. 2016

Studio Works, Morris Thompson Visitor & Cultural Center, Fairbanks, AK, Oct. 2015

New Work: Paintings, Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2014

Mythologies, Katie Sevigny Art Gallery, Anchorage, AK, 2011

New Work, Well Street Art Co., Fairbanks, AK, 2010

Yupik Masks in Translation: New Work, New Horizons, Fairbanks, AK, 2008

Hoof and Horn: Works in Oil and Mixed Media, Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2005

  

Selected Group Exhibits

Birds on the Edge, Invitational, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, AK 2019

64th Parallel, Juried Exhibition, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Assoc., Fairbanks, AK, 2005, 2014, 2017, 2018

Mad Girls, The Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2015

Limited Edition, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Assoc., Fairbanks, AK, 2014

Monsters & Legends, University of Alaska Fairbanks eLearning, Fairbanks, AK, 2014

Winter Group Show, Warwick Glass Studio, Fairbanks, 2011

University Heights Arts Open, Swedenborg Gallery, San Diego, CA, 2007

Annual Miniature Show, New Horizons Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2005, 2006, 2007

Alaska Women Artists, The Alaska House Art Gallery, Fairbanks, AK, 2006

Quilt Alaska, Bear Gallery, Fairbanks Arts Assoc., Fairbanks, AK. 2004

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Book Covers and Journal Art

Cover Design, Armor and Ornament, Christopher L. Miles, University of Alaska Press, 2019

Cover Art, Catafalque, Adam Tavel, University of Evansville Press, 2018

Featured Art, Radar Poetry, Issue 14, April 2017

Cover Art, The Fawn Abyss, Adam Tavel, Salmon Poetry, 2016

Cover Art, Plash and Levitation, Adam Tavel, University of Alaska Press, 2014

Cover Art, Third Coast Magazine, Spring 2012

Featured Artwork, Loaded Bicycle, Fall 2011

Cover design, Midnight Sun Chapbook Series, University of Alaska, 2007, 2008

Cover design, Permafrost Magazine, University of Alaska, 2006-2008

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Other

Set Artwork, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, Miramax, 2016

Community Arts Workshop, Instructor, The Canvas Gallery, Juneau, AK, June 2016

“Comics in the Classroom: Students as Makers,” Emerald City Comicon, Presenter, Seattle, WA 2015

Scenic Artist and Costume Design, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theater, 2010

AlaskaOne Poster Artist, KUAC/AlaskaOne, 2009

Honorable Mention, Quilt Alaska, Bear Gallery, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, 2004

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Media

Interview, Northern Soundings Podcast, “Earth Day”, May 2018

Interview, Alaska Museum of the North Blog, April, 2018

Profile, “Fairbanks artist ‘searches for time’ in busy schedule,” Daily News Miner, 2017

Review, Latitude 65, Daily News Miner, 2010

Interview, KUAC/Alaska One, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009