Interview with Madeline Gallucci

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I live in Kansas City and graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 where I currently work in student affairs and residence life. I am co-director of Front/Space, a project space in the Crossroads Arts District, and I’m finishing a year long residency at Hotel Phillips in downtown Kansas City.  My studio is in a storefront window on street level right by the hotel’s valet, where I make my work and host public workshops and events. This year I’ve made paintings, collages and digital prints focused around a vocabulary I’ve developed relating to the urban landscape and my experience in this alternative studio space.

Neon Soft Light (Paper Construction) Collage, acrylic, ink, gouache, china marker, ballpoint pen on paper 8.5 x 11 in.

Neon Soft Light (Paper Construction)
Collage, acrylic, ink, gouache, china marker, ballpoint pen on paper
8.5 x 11 in.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
While I work in studio and interact with my surroundings, I find that my inspiration comes from a variety of its contents, such as grit, camouflage, window smudges, moss, graffiti, skin, digital glitches, small tattoos, confetti, neighborhood walks, holograms, oil slicks, asphalt, neon, and dusk. 

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Acrylic white paint, exacto blades, my iPhone, Gmail, water bottle, NPR.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?
Right now I’m transfixed on using arches, loops and parallelograms to represent fluctuations in stability and ideas of change in space.  I  use recurring patterns of abstracted smoke, scattered debris, and gradients. I also find that I’m attracted to taking photos of hands holding various objects I find compelling such as small drawings, food items, and studio scraps.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
I look up to my friends and colleagues who are making good work. My bedroom walls are filled with some of the artists I’ve admired over the years and their works I’ve collected along the way. Some of these artists include: Maegan Stracy, Alex Savage, Kendell Harbin, Anthony Baab, Taylor West, Matt Jacobs, Brenna Murphy, Chris Bostwick, Chloe Coover, Katie Batten, Mario Gallucci, Jessica Simorte, Skye Livingston, Joey Watson, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Ahram Park, Luke Firle, Kate Smithson, Molly Dillon, Dana Lynn Harper, and Kayla Mattes.

Soft Serve Camouflage Digital print on polyester 88 x 104 in.

Soft Serve Camouflage
Digital print on polyester
88 x 104 in.

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
Much of the advice I’ve been given over the years can be boiled down to the ideas of being playful while critical, passionate yet balanced.  I have often been told that hard work pays off, and I believe that to be true.