Madeline Donahue “Attachments”

steven harvey fine art projects

poster for Madeline Donahue “Attachments”
[Image: Madeline Donahue "Cyclops" (2019) oil on canvas, 20 x 16 in.]

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In our front gallery, SHFAP presents Madeline Donahue: Attachments, a collection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture from the Brooklyn based artist. In our rear gallery, we are showing Anne Harvey: Arabesques, drawings by the American expatriate and painter (1916-1967) who spent the majority of her life in Paris.

Madeline Donahue did not see her perspective of motherhood in art so she created it. Her paintings explore the overwhelming absurdity, intimacy, and joy of caring for another person. She focuses on the surreal quality and physicality of the mother and child relationship. Her work features a maternal figure attempting to perform basic aspects of her day as her child clings to her hair and limbs, nonchalantly playing on her body.

In an interview with Charlotte Jansen of Elephant Magazine, Donahue states, “At a certain point, instead of shaking off parenting in the studio, I just decided to go in and [say], “OK, this happened today, I’m going to draw it.” That turned into this really fun experience of drawing and painting my perception of motherhood.”

Jansen states, “Donahue might not deliberately address the stigma of birth and motherhood in art, but it exists nonetheless. The names she mentions when I ask her which artists she admires who have made art about the subject are familiar: Louise Bourgeois, Alice Neel, Chantal Joffe, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Katherine Bradford, and ‘Marlene Dumas’s baby paintings.’”

Madeline Donahue studied at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY, in Brooklyn, NY in 2018. In 2019, Donahue was part of the Every Woman Biennial, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, in New York, NY. She was in the group show, YARD at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects in spring 2019.



from September 04, 2019 to October 06, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-09-04 from 18:00 to 20:00

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