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Madeline Rupard’s “Modern Land”.

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Born in the Utah Desert, artist Madeline RupardShe spent her formative childhood in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Augusta, Georgia. 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 tensions between suburbanism and the sublime, sacredness and 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 a bittersweet moment: the end of my relationship and job, but also the excitement of new beginnings. The speeding American highway seemed like a mirror of my internal struggles with freedom and heartbreak. I felt connected with a collective memory of America’s landscape and people who have passed through it before me as I drove through the deserts and plains. How and where does the personal connect with the universal? Why do we feel a pang when driving past a deserted gas station in the twilight hours? How can color and atmosphere affect our emotions? After returning to my life as an urban artist, I began to paint the wonder I felt when I was a transient observer passing through. 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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