Madison Rubenstein

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About Madison Rubenstein

Who I am
My name is Madison and I am a visual artist living in Minneapolis, MN. I work in studio 207B at the California Building in the Northeast Arts District. I received my BFA in Drawing and Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2013. Since 2008, my work has been exhibited in several galleries and public spaces including the Franklin Arts Center, Bedlam Theater, Mall of America, Co-Exhibitions, Northrup King Building, Public Functionary, and more. November of 2019 I completed a three month residency at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado. I currently serve on the board of directors for Elsewhere Studios, in addition to Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA). 

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What I Make
I use painting as a tool to investigate how the mind and body relate to each other through trauma. The images I create refer to the physicality of being human and the history of what a body has endured, physically and psychologically. I use gouache, ink, oil paint, graphite and charcoal to abstract the figure, expressing physiological and visceral experiences in the body. Over the years the pathologies attributed to abuse, assault, disease, and chronic pain in my personal life have loosened their hold as I continue to process them in my images. I find this journey to be a commitment to healing and resisting the forces, internal and external, that would prefer for me to reject my body. Through this work I can meditate on the strange and uncomfortable experience of inhabiting a body, and through this investigation I repair the relationship I have to my own physicality in hopes to open up a dialogue of vulnerability with others and their own personal experiences.

Why I make
As a child I developed a chronic disease called Fibromyalgia*. Growing up the symptoms of this condition caused me to have physiological and psychological experiences that were confusing, frightening, and isolating. Drawing and painting quickly became my tool to process the mental and physical symptoms I was experiencing. Where I was once alienated in my experiences, art quickly became my tool to express myself and connect with others. Over two decades later, image-making continues to be the modality in which I choose to heal and communicate my experiences.

*Fibromyalgia is a neurological and inflammatory disease that affects how the brain communicates with the body. While researchers have yet to find the root cause of the disease many theorize that sudden onset Fibromyalgia is due to the body and mind responding to a traumatic event. The mind remains in a state of fight or flight causing an over-production of cortisol, triggering an inflammatory response. This response sends chronic and widespread pain signals to the rest of the body, most severely affecting gut health, muscular function and the nervous system.

Why your help matters
Since I started drawing at five-years-old art has remained my vocation. The deeper I dive into my practice and develop my visual language the more I heal my relationship to others, the world and myself. With your financial support I can commit more of my time to my making new work and pursuing art as a sustainable and fulfilling career.

Thank you!

www.MadisonElyseRubenstein.com

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Once I reach my $200 goal to cover studio rent I will live stream myself creating a new ink or watercolor painting! 
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