Madeline Rupard’s “Modern Land”.

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Born in the Utah Desert, artist Madeline RupardHer formative years were spent in Silver Spring and Augusta. She holds a BFA in Studio Art, from Brigham Young University, and a MFA in Painting, from Pratt Institute. She currently resides in Brooklyn. Rupard’s paintings consider the American landscape as one who has moved through it frequently. Her paintings are infused with a sense wonder and transient observations. Her paintings explore the tensions that exist between the suburban and sublime, the sacred to the mundane. Rupard’s art is a reconciliation that combines the romantic with the realist. “Modern Land” is Rupard’s most recent body of “non-comic” work:

“At the end of 2021, I packed all my possessions into my 2002 Subaru Forester and drove across the US from Utah back to New York City. It was bittersweet: the end to a relationship and my job that I loved, with the thrill of new beginnings. The speeding American highway seemed like a mirror of my internal struggles with freedom and heartbreak. As I passed through the plains and deserts of America, I felt a connection to the collective memory and landscape of the United States and the people who had come before me. How and where exactly does the individual tap into the universal? Why do we feel a certain pang while driving by a gas station in a desert at twilight time? How can color and atmosphere affect our emotions? As I returned to the city as an artist, I began exploring through painting that sense of wonder I experienced as a transient passer-by. A friend recently recommended a film by Hong Sang-soo called “On the Beach At Night Alone” (2017). The words of the protagonist spoke to my experience as she described her travels abroad: ‘Sometimes the loneliness made me tremble. But there’s pleasure in that too.’”

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