The artist Marie Theres Madani was born in 1993 and currently lives and works in Vienna. Her medium of large and sensualized abstract paintings are intended to be felt as much as observed. Consequently, the compositions combine abstraction with expression, irrepressibly compelling the observer to engage in a sustained emotional dialogue with themself. For Madani, painting symbolizes pure creation out of apparent nothingness. It has the potential to shape and reshape reality.
How did you get into art?
I have always been a creative person, artistic expression and creating on an intuitive level was very essential for my development. Nevertheless, I studied law. A moment of sincerity and honesty with myself made me embark on a creative path.
Coming from years of music, dance and photography and working mostly in teams, I wanted to create something where I relied only on myself. I have always been fascinated by abstract art because it takes you to another dimension, a level that is logically intangible, but rather emotionally accessible.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
What I value most in my work is the absence of doubt or restraint. Every stroke, every colour and every composition was born in a moment free of judgement or criticism. I use an almost architectural approach to my work, expanding the composition in all directions and in layers to create a multi-dimensionality. In doing so, I aim to create a dynamic feeling where the work seems to travel on.
How do you go about developing your work?
Working on a new series is preceded by in - depth research of a basic idea, but there is no predefined image.
This manifests itself in sensations that vibrate through me as a resonating body. All impulses, ideas and impressions are felt, processed, translated and made visible. I consciously allow myself to become intuitively involved in the creative process, to work with honesty and innocence in and out of the moment.
Who or what influences you?
I'm inspired by anything that works when all the facets enhance each other. Like a movie where characters, music, camerawork and cut are so in tune with each other that they create a "wow-moment".
I also find inspiration in the process itself, in my becoming and my growth within the process of creating.
And, it's my curiosity, the need to know, that drives and inspires me.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
I am currently working on my first Book that should come out this year. I also want to explore other media artistically and work on installations and sculptures.
Furthermore, I am still working on finding a healthy balance between work and private life, where the latter just comes too short... I am and live my work through and through.