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Madeline vn foerster


Madeline von Foerster has a new book out: a catalog of marvellous paintings from "Waldkammer," her recent solo show in Berlin. You can purchase the book and see more of this exquisite art on Madeline's website. Here's a snippit from an interview with Madeline conducted by Gilles de Montmorency (for The Sentimentalist magazine):

GdM: The Pre-Raphaelites were inspired by romantic medievalism and poetic symbolism; William Morris (in particular) was motivated by an urgent need for social reform. Some of your paintings have addressed social equality and animal rights - would you perhaps classify yourself as a (neo) Pre-Raphaelite painter?

MvF: That's a wonderful, albeit somewhat confusing titile! Morris realized that the changing economy had rendered his creations unaffordable for common people...and he actually quit making art in order to devote the rest of his life to social activism! I'm very glad that advances in mechanical and digital reproduction obviate this necessity for myself. At one point, believe it or not, I only made political art, which I stenciled and wheatpasted around my hometown. However, seldom was it beautiful art. Now I'm trying to learn how to make something beautiful, and the "message" therein is usually far subtler than my earlier agitprop. I haven't lost my ideals. I think beauty affects people in important ways. Attempting to create beauty in contemporary American culture, where aesthetic needs, human needs, are always given a back seat to profit and the bottom line, is meaninful.


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Beautiful!

Interesting. And I find that, lately, I've been dwelling on this: "Attempting to create beauty in contemporary American culture, where aesthetic needs, human needs, are always given a back seat to profit and the bottom line, is meaningful." I guess it comes down to this -- I want my art to be inextricably involved with art and making beautiful things. Whoops. Typo. I meant to say I want my life to be inextricably involved with art, etc. That's what's important. If it's easier to -- say, write less, but work more hours at a part-time job, knowing that the market for whatever I'm writing is gorged and feeling full right now, I'd still rather spend those hours on writing -- because writing is living, and an hourly wage sort of work that doesn't involve or leave much time for making beauty feels more like a way to hold life back by the hair so it doesn't get hurt? Heh. Watch the metaphors fall apart. Bottom line: Interesting art, and interesting interview, and interesting times.

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