Written & Curated by: Amari H. Smith (@amarihsmith)
I choose to spotlight a unique photographer, because in the media industry visuals are everything! Madison has a keen eyesight for the perfect shot no matter the environment; whether she's at a function, roaming Chicago/New York or in South Africa; you can always be assured that her finished product will be golden.
Aside from her abilities, Madison is a business forward artist (some people seem to forget that their is a business aspect to the art world). She's inspired by "the problems that occur around me on a day to day basis." Like most great artist, the young Chicago north side native, has been photographing since she was 6 years old. I asked her what her long term goals were and she stated, "My long term goal is to open up my own gallery that showcases not only mine but other artists work. I hope to incorporate studio spaces as well so I can continue to create with other people who share my love of art. I think it's healthiest to work in a community that builds off of one another, rather than against each other. I plan to continue traveling around the world and capturing other perspectives." She is on track to achieving her goals, but just to catch you all up her notable pieces include two series, the first being “First World Problems” and “The Objectification of 54%”. Her first world problems series juxtaposes life in a first world country with life in a third world country. It was displayed in studio 343 at the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker park. My objectification of 54% series questions the audience to reconsider the way women are not only viewed but treated in the media these days. It was displayed during Gallery 37’s spring showcase.
P.S. when I get my creative budget up, Maddi B will most certainly be on my payroll!