for me is communication with a language of shapes, forms, color and
pattern and texture. Issues of
connectedness and relationship between individuals and groups, and
between people and their environments underlie all my work.
I focus on social and political issues and contexts
using both representative and abstract forms”.
Madelaine is currently working on a series of artworks to visually portray aspects of Climate Change, specifically global warming. She will concentrate on impacts observed and experienced within the Arctic Circle and in this way be able to narrow this vast and complex topic as well as deal with factual, measured changes and real life experiences. Madelaine
recently went on a two week educational voyage to the Arctic in July 2006
in order to experience it first hand. Recent exhibitions of her work on
global warming have included ArtSpace Gallery WICE in Paris, France.
Georgette holds a BFA in painting/drawing from the University of
Washington and a BA in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) and a MA in
Political Economy, both from the University of Texas at Dallas.
While managing her economic consulting business, Madelaine
gradually shifted her energies into developing her artistic interests and
now devotes herself entirely to a professional art career.
work is diverse in both subject matter and approach and includes
figurative painting and ceramic sculpture.
Exhibitions include: twelve solo exhibitions and numerous group
shows including the Frye Museum (1993) and the Bellevue Art
Museum (1998). Ms.
Georgette’s work is featured in New Art International,
1999-2000, Book Art Press and is in private collections in USA,
Canada, South Africa and Europe. In 1999, as a member of Women
Painters of Washington, Madelaine’s work was
exhibited in Ireland - Millennium Images: Ireland and America
and also in Kuwait - Millennium Images: Kuwait and America.
Between 2003 and 2005 Madelaine's work was exhibited at several international art fairs including: Malaga, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany and Salzburg, Austria and in private galleries in Barcelona, Spain and Mannheim, Germany.
Madelaine Georgette lived in South Africa for 26 years and visits the
country frequently thereby maintaining extensive ties with the people, the
land, events and development of the country. South Africa features
largely in her work. South Africa: Beyond Apartheid
exhibited at the University of Washington, School of Social Work
(1997-1998) and the Stroum Jewish Community Center
(Jan/ Feb.1997)included images of daily life and the series, Going
To Vote, inspired by the first all-race elections in South
Africa in April 1994. The University of Washington purchased four of
these paintings for installation in their Student Union Building.
Two of the series were selected for the national juried show, Free
At Last, at The Central Arts Collective
in Tucson, Arizona
(June 1997) featuring only ten artists from all over the United States.
This show celebrated Juneteenth, the period when the Texas slaves found
out about their freedom two years after the signing of the
Declaration of Emancipation. Ms. Georgette had five paintings
depicting the South African experience in Journeys To Freedom
at The Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington
1998). This group exhibition commemorated the 50th anniversary of
the State of Israel.
Recently Madelaine worked on a series of images based on the Truth
and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings in South Africa.
The TRC held public hearings around the country to hear
the stories of both the victims and perpetrators of Apartheid, South
Africa’s official policy of racial separation. This
first of the series, Building Community: Truth and
Reconciliation was exhibited at the Langston Hughes
Cultural Arts Center, Seattle (Feb. 2000) as part of
Black History Month. The work for this exhibition was
supported in part by grants from King County Arts Commission and
the Puffin Foundation. The first series concentrated on the
foundations of Apartheid and featured some of the individual stories
associated with life under this regime. A second exhibition at Seattle
University, Patricia Wismer Women’s Center
(May 2000) on the impact of Apartheid on women and children,
focused specifically on the role of women in this process of collective
dialogue and reconciliation. The other exhibition which
featured Series III and IV together at Seattle Pacific University was
supported by a grant from the King County Arts Commission.
work explored issues of connection, individual strength
and group powerlessness. The pieces are
about women's voice, speech, dialogue and the search for
reconciliation. The third phase of
this project explores the social and institutional context in which
Apartheid existed and the fourth phase deals with issues of truth,
justice and reconciliation”.
A solo exhibition (Aug. 1998) on the Island of
Spetses, Greece focused primarily on
Madelaine’s response to living part-time in Greece and dealt with interiors
former include intense color, shapes, patterns and interior spaces
reflecting my responses to being there; the exteriors are more about
place and people. Many of the
paintings show chairs - a space that is mine and that symbolizes an
anchoring and centering”.
A solo exhibition at Auburn City Hall
Gallery (May 1999) continued the theme of personal spaces, private
spaces, open spaces and the relationship of inside to outside.
Madelaine also works three dimensionally with clay which opens up all
kinds of different possibilities for expression which serve as a
counterweight to the painting and drawing. The sculptures range from
figurative to fanciful and she has also created designs which were
screened onto ceramic tiles.
tile series also portrayed issues of connection, communication and
diversity among women and emphasized a rhythm that resonates among
women no matter who we are or where we come from. The
images portray in a decorative way the inner complexity and varied
patterns of our inner and outer lives”.
While working on the series Building Community: Truth
and Reconciliation, Madelaine exhibited extensively in
group shows and won several awards. Please refer to Exhibition
History for a comprehensive list of shows and awards.