Published on Monday 6 July 2020

#BCreative Artist Q&A: Carmen Maddison

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Local creative Carmen Maddison is the artist behind the moving Solitude. We had a chat with the local artist about the inspiration behind 'Solitude' and her craft.

Describe your artistry in one sentence:

Evocative, visual and preoccupied with dream scapes, the unconscious and the human condition.

Tell us what inspired you to create Solitude?

In the initial phases of the pandemic I found the abrupt isolation quite difficult to adjust to. But as the days rolled into one big fog I felt my self-surrender to the sense of urgency combined with the slowing down of time and just sat with myself and what arose in what I saw as a time of reflective solitude (as opposed to enforced isolation). This work is what arose in me one day. Initially it was an improvisation that I filmed on my phone at home and sent to friends via social media as a little ‘inbox performance’ for their evenings entertainment. Surprisingly I received really interesting personal responses and thought that evolving the work to share in a private message in the public realm would be a unique platform to explore a topic that resonates with us all in different ways at the moment.

What artists inspire you and/or influenced your work?

I am inspired by many artists and particularly interested in their creative processes and methodologies to create work like choreographer Ohad Naharin of Batsheva Dance Company or Charlie Chaplin for example both who use the body and expression as the platform to tell a story in different ways.
I don't feel my work is influenced by anyone in particular. I believe we all have our own unique forms of expression and it's a matter of just finding your own individual vision and embracing it. Dance like no one is watching basically.

What will audiences get out of the performance?

I always make work with the audience in mind and would hope the audience to come along the journey with me and be moved, reflect or relate in some way.
There is always a sense of excitement of receiving a package in the mail so in a sense I hope sending a personal performance in this way has a similar effect particularly in a time when checking the mail and taking the bins out is an event in itself. I hope it will let the audience feel part of the work and open up a dialogue through our screens.

What’s next for you?

I have really enjoyed creating and directing work through the eyes of a lens and would like to delve into this more. My most recent live performances have had a cinematic edge and it would be interesting to start combining the two. I would also like to look at hosting more Inbox Performances by other artists because I feel this is a very special and personal accessible platform in a time when we are bombarded with so much online that choosing what you see is becoming less of an opportunity.

Image credit: Matt Gleeson / 3 Chord Images

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