I work with steel in the traditional forging manor of a blacksmith. When steel is heated to forging temperatures approximately 2200 degrees it can be manipulated in the same ways as clay. I explore and push the plasticity of the material in this hot state achieving a variety of layered textures and patterns. I begin a piece by making a multitude of elements to work with. I then intuitively arrange the pieces until I have a composition that I find interesting and captures an element of beauty. Once a piece carries these aesthetic qualities I begin to join the work together by means of welding and riveting. I then apply aerosol enamel paint and use a variety of techniques to distress the surface. By using pigment I have found that I am able to emphasize the many textures that evolve from forging. The result is an interpretation of a contemporary form that hints towards nature and is an attempt to capture entropy. Although steel is usually first thought of as an industrial material, I like to draw attention to our connection with it on a human level, by creating objects that reveal organic forms. My work is the result of my desire to use steel as a substrate for texture, form and as a pallet for exploring color.
Madacsi has been working as an artist/blacksmith for 20 years and began as a student in Austin, Texas. She was fortunate to find work in the craft with a with a small architectural firm where she learned a studio practice of building gates, railings, fire tools, and other forged utilitarian objects. After several years of working and feeling inspired, Madacsi wanted to create a studio of her own and settled on the East Coast where she was introduced to and entered the craft show circuit where she sold her work. Now living in her hometown of Boise, Idaho Madacsi's studio practice has evolved into regularly interacting with art consultants, art service groups, and applying for commissions in public spaces. She has designed and created pieces of all sizes with the largest installation of a 16’ x 20’ wall work for a regional hospital.
The work she creates embraces bold color, abstract form, and explores texture to reconsider the traditional treatment of material in blacksmithing. Typically, forged works are utilitarian and aesthetically masculine. As an artist, Madacsi has purposefully veered away from these forms, but employs the same traditional techniques thus creating objects that reveal the organic nature of the material and breaching the conventional concepts of what blacksmithing is and to show what it can be. Her intention is to contribute and influence the craft contemporarily with a neo-traditional approach.
She owns and manages Madacsi Studios, LLC in Garden City, Idaho, a workshop and creative space, which is part of a community of local artists and businesses, operating on the live, work, create concept.
Born 1968, St. Petersburg, FL
EDUCATION- BFA, Boise State University, ID, Ecole de Beaux Arts, FR, Penland School of Crafts, NC, Rhode Island School of Design, RI, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA, Bullseye Glass, NY
RECIPIENT- Alexa Rose Foundation Award, ID, Quick Funds Grant, ID, Connecticut Artist Fellowship Award, CT, Katherine Forest Craft Foundation Award, CT, Highland Hospital Purchase Award, Evanston, IL
RESIDENCIES: Wood, Iron and Glass, Pendland School of Crafts, NC, Ferro, Germany, Vermont Studio Center, VT, Metalwerx, MA
INSTRUCTOR- John C. Campbell Folk School, NC, New England School of Metalwork, ME, Brookfield Craft Center, CT, Austin Waldorf School, TX, The Steel Yard, RI, Assabet Valley Vocational High School, MA
EXHIBITIONS: Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA, Surel’s Place, ID, Cinder Winery, ID, Considering the Kylix, Marywood University, PA, Enso Art Space, ID, One and Only, Kohler Center for the Arts, WI, The Art of Craft: Works from North Shore University Collection of Fine American Craft, IL, Iron 2010: Contemporary Blacksmithing in the United States, Metal Museum, TN; Carbondale University, IL; Fuller Museum, MA, Smithsonian Craft Show, DC, Philadelphia Museum Craft Show, PA, Chromaphobia, David Lusk Gallery, TN, Where Lies Beauty, Matatuck Museum, CT, The Nature of Things, Alexi Von Schleppi Gallery, CT, Craft Forms 2010, Wayne Center for the Arts, PA, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design, KY, Museum of Arts and Science, AK
GALLERIES: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, Diane Birdsall Gallery, CT, Haven Gallery, Austin, TX, J. Christ Gallery, Boise, ID, Barclay Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Terzian Gallery, Park City, UT, Chepita, Aspen, CO, Eclipse Gallery, Bar Harbor, ME, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
COMMISSIONS: Ralph Lauren, DC, Baker Knapp and Tubbs, IL, Holmes Regional Medical Center, FL, Mohegan Sun Casino, CT, Saint Alphonsus Hospital, ID, Hygienic Art Gardens and Theater, CT
CURATORIAL- “Bloom”, Brookfield Craft Center, CT, "FE", Hygenic Art, New London, CT
JUROR/PANEL- Alexa Rose Foundation, 2017, 2018, American Craft Council, 2012, 2006, Idaho
MEMBER- American Craft Council, Society of North American Goldsmiths, Crafthaus, Seattle Metals Guild, Fuller Museum, Society of American Crafts, Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America
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