Born in Milwaukee, U.S.A., Madelynn Green is currently studying at Central Saint Martins in London, where she is a candidate for a master’s in Fine Art (MFA).
Madelynn’s work pulls deeply personal images out of obscurity and re-interprets African-American history through the material language of painting, exploring themes of memory, family and domesticity. The works exhibited in She Performs are based on the artist’s great-grandmother’s photographs.
In addition to painting, Madelynn’s practice includes printmaking and video, and her work has been influenced by artists such as Henri Matisse, Chantal Joffe, Kerry James Marshall, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Alice Neel.
Feminism and the artist’s background as an African-American woman with roots in the American South both inform Madelynn’s practice. She aims to create work that paradoxically adheres to definitions of traditional femininity, using exaggeratedly feminine motifs and themes to critique conventional ideas about what contemporary art should be and subverting the traditionally male canon of art.
The artist identifies herself as a vessel for African-American history, but precise interpretation is not her goal: "Constructing my own narratives helps reclaim black identity and history while exposing the endless interpretations of memory."