Nashville, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing, Installation
Maddie Ryan is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work focuses on forgotten and abandoned locations. Maddie's work examines the experience of place via her interest in contemporary ruins and the everyday. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and is received her MFA in 2021 from Watkins College of Art at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has been displayed in the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Cape Cod, Maryland, and the Watkins College of Art Curry Gallery's Annual Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan presently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she also teaches and works.
Maddie likes trash and alleys. She wants you to look closely at things you don’t want to look at. She investigates the enchanting, strange, and entropic nature of everyday life. Her work often engages objects and places in a state of disuse. Maddie’s studio practice, while varying, is invested in the miniature and the intricacies of hand making. She challenges our everyday experience of place by recreating snapshots of moments frozen in time. The fragile and static nature of her work suggests something, fleeting, in the process of growth and decay.