Artist Interview: Padmaja Madhu, Poetic Landscape Painter

I am incredibly excited to have interviewed artist Padmaja Madhu. Padmaja is a painter originally from Bangalore, India who began her artist journey by painting scenes from Hindu mythology. Now living in the U.S., her focus has switched to landscapes, which she depicts in impressionist, expressionist, and abstract styles.

 

As both an artist from India, where women are generally encouraged to take on more traditional professions, and a landscape painter with strong narrative sensibilities, Padmaja’s story made for a very exciting interview. Enjoy!

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Artist Interview: Serena Stevens

Q: Your work is based on re-contextualizing found and personal images. What is your process for finding images?
A: I have always been a collector. Throughout my life I have gathered photographs, magazine articles, tchotchkes, stickers… so many things. My childhood bedroom walls were covered with Starburst wrappers and ransom-note-style poetry. Mentors and friends have given me stacks of magazines—old and new, and my mom is a great resource, sending me thrift store and yard sale oddities that are sweet, funny or disturbing, as well as scrapbooks, postcards, and family heirlooms recovered from the depths of former home basements and garages. Continue reading “Artist Interview: Serena Stevens”