Madeleine LeMieux

Region: Midwest


City / State: Columbia, MO

 My work consists of mixed media image-objects that push against notions of essentialist motherhood. I use vernacular technology such as the cell phone photograph or personal digital archive, and remix—through painting, sewing, soft sculpture, and found object assemblage—a spectrum of maternal experiences, and embrace the slippage between the emotive/empirical and analog/digital forms.

While the subject matter is personal in that I use images of my own body, children, and home, the work reaches for connection by suggesting tactility in the soft sculptural forms, using playful color, and representing intimate scenes. By exploring ideas of the maternal gaze, intersubjectivity, and maternal ambivalence, the work seeks to question our assumptions about maternity.