Maddison Gibbs

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Maddison Gibbs is a proud Barkindji woman who grew up in Dubbo, NSW. She currently lives and works between Sydney and Kandos, NSW.

Both artist and activist, Maddison Gibbs practice examines dual histories – focusing on stories of past and present  Aboriginal societies and spirit. A multidisciplinary artist, Gibbs works across a wide spectrum of cultural praxis, utilising many methods and ideologies. Current thematics include  intergenerational stories of contemporary Aboriginal affairs – with a focus on telling women’s narratives.

Maddison Gibb’s work is polarising, offering up culturally feminine intuitive visual poetics which at times starkly contrast with her art activism at the barricades. The dual sensitivities of caring for a country and fighting injustice is an interesting tension and one that is explored through out Gibbs practice.

“My artworks are based on my culture, people and surroundings, they tell stories of past and present by using contemporary methods and ideologies. My works include political statements and educational information regarding Aboriginal issues, a subject which I am extremely passionate about. I use different mediums for my works including drawing, ceramics, printmaking and animation.”

Having previously studied Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts at Eora College in Sydney, Maddison Gibbs recently completed a Bachelor of Animation at the University of Technology Sydney.

An emerging artist whose practice has recently begun to garner significant attention, Maddison Gibbs’ artworks have been included as part of Vivid Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Hobiennale at Moonah Arts Centre in Tasmania and the 2020 Bankstown Biennale. Her work was also included in group exhibitions Here I am at Ambush Gallery (2020) and No Show at Carriageworks (2021). Recent artist residencies include the Inner west council EDGE greenway residency (2021), the Cementa21 first nations residency (2021), and the Australian Antarctic division residency (2019).

Working regularly on a multitude of public art murals, Maddison Gibbs also worked on the restoration of the 40,000 years mural at The Block, Redfern, and was recently commissioned to create a large-scale public artwork for the new Eveleigh Precinct in Sydney. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Australian Museum’s prestigious Young Indigenous Artist Fellowship and she has also been awarded the Rotary Club of Sydney Soukup Animation Grant and the Bob Morgan International Scholarship.

Maddison Gibbs is currently a finalist in the 2021 Wyndham Prize and the 2021 Hidden Rookwood Sculpture Prize.

 

Maddison Gibbs, The Matriarch, 2021, wood, diemensions variable based on edition.

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Maddison Gibbs_What are these scars mum?_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_110cm x 55cm x 0.4cm Maddison Gibbs_What are these scars mum?_2021_Australian wood and metal_60cm x 15cm x 0.4cm_edition of 5 Maddison Gibbs_The Matriach_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_120cm x 43cm x 0.4cm Maddison Gibbs_Matriarch_2021_Australian wood and metal_Small: 60cm x 20cm x 0.4cm, edition of 5 Medium: 80cm x 27cm x 0.4cm, edition of 2 Maddison Gibbs_Matriarch Series_2021 Maddison Gibbs_No water, no life_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_120cm x 40cm x 0.4cm Maddison Gibbs_No water, no life_2021_Australian wood and metal_Small: 39cm x 13cm x 0.4cm, edition of 5, $700. Medium: 60cm x 21cm x 0.4mm, edition of 2 Maddison Gibbs Mother Scar Tree_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal 106cm x 51cm x 4mm_unique edition Maddison Gibbs Mother Scar Tree_2021_Australian wood and metal_Small: 60cm x 37cm x 0.4cm, edition of 5_Medium: 93cm x 58cm x 0.4cm_edition of 2 Maddison Gibbs_I can't breathe_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_119cm x 40cm x 0.4cm_unique edition Maddison Gibbs_I can't breathe_2021_Australian wood and metal_Small: 60cm x 20cm x 0.4mm, edition of 5_Medium: 80cm x 28cm x 0.4cm, edition of 2 Maddison Gibbs_I can't breath Series_2021 Maddison Gibbs_Heir to the air_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_72cm x 60cm x 0.4cm_unique edition Maddison Gibbs_Heir to the air_2021_Australian wood and metal_Small: 35cm x 30cm x 0.4cm, edition of 5_Medium: 46cm x 40cm x 0.4cm, edition of 2 Maddison Gibbs_First Flame 2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_120cm x 40cm x 0.4cm_unique edition Maddison Gibbs_First Flame Series_2021 Maddison Gibbs_Shedding Serpent_2021_Australian wood, LED and metal_118cm x 30cm x 0.4cm_unique edition Maddison Gibbs_Shedding Serpent_2021_Australian wood and metal_Small: 60cm x 12cm x 0.4cm, edition of 5_Medium: 80cm x 22cm x 0.4cm