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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 pictures are filled with a sense of wonder, and a transient observation. Her paintings explore the tensions that exist between the suburban and sublime, the sacred to the mundane. Rupard believes that art is a reconciliation of the romantic and 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 bittersweet: the end to a relationship and my job that I loved, with the excitement of new beginnings. The speeding American highway seemed like a mirror of my internal struggles with freedom and heartbreak. As I passed through deserts, plains and other landscapes in America alone, I felt a connection to the collective memory and the people who had traveled through this land before me. How and where exactly does the individual tap into 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? As I returned to the city as an artist, I began exploring through painting the state of wonder that I felt as a transient observing just 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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