Featured Visual Artists: Madison Sugg
I had the opportunity to interview Madison to try and learn more about him and his work…
Q 1. How do you feel about showing your work at your first solo, public show?
A. Terribly excited. Initially, I also felt like it was long overdue before I started framing anything, and as soon as I began the framing process I felt like it was far too early. Then I felt terribly proud as I eventually got all the pieces framed, and then shameful when I tried hanging the show myself and utterly failed. Now I mostly feel very lucky and grateful to Kenneth and Ms. Jenny for salvaging the show and doing most of the hanging.
Q 2. How did you come to be exhibiting this show at Imurj?
A. My art teacher of twelve years, Jenny Eggleston of Egg in Nest Studios, showed Kenneth some of my sketchbooks while she was negotiating with him about having the studio’s annual exhibit here, and it was good enough to get me slated for here. That is only one of the many, many utterly invaluable ways she helped me up to and through this show.
Q 3. How long do you spend on average on a piece?
A. It’s very varying- Smaller ones like my cards can take from between 20 minutes to three hours, larger pen works can take from a few hours to several days, elapsed. Bigger ones, depending on medium and complexity, can take from days to weeks or months. My circular oil painting took seven months to finish and my Ralieghington drawing was about a month in all.
Q 4. You have lots of stuff in unique frames – how do you find so many interesting frames that fit your wide variety of sizes of work?
A. It comes from my endless experience as a thrift hound- all the cool frames I could acquire were either from thrift and antiquestores, or borrowed from other art pieces I had around. Although that got the exact aesthetic style of frames I wanted, none of them were very close fits form my artworks and so almost all are matted and framed. In addition, although thrift store frames are very unique and atmospheric, they are wildly inconsistent in quality of construction- some ones I got were collapsing at the seams and half didn’t even have a hanging system on the frame and had to be edited.
Q 5. It seems like you mostly work with pen – are there any mediums you don’t like using? Or any that you would like to try out in the future?
A. I mostly work with pen because it’s quite easy to set up and I’m pretty good with it, but at this point, I like all mediums. I used to dislike watercolor until I started working seriously with it this Spring, which led to several surprisingly good pieces and my massive Dream-Quest of Unknown Canterbury. In the future, I think I would like to try more of everything, but particularly sculpture.