Fionna Madigan is currently an Artist-in-residence at the Dunmoochin Foundation, Cottles Bridge, Victoria, established by celebrated Australian Artist, Clifton Pugh. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts as well as a Graduate Diploma in Education (Art) from The University of Melbourne and Diploma of Gestalt Therapy. Madigan’s practice is intuitive and process-driven and the artist describes her artworks as being “a magic window.”
“I am drawn to a fertile zone between abstraction and realism and am particularly satisfied when my paintings straddle these genres. While I commence with compositional goals and encourage random occurrences, improvisation and transience are integral concepts to my creative endeavour. I use very little traditional blending or perspectival techniques to achieve depth. I work in layers. You perceive a number of different layers at once and the piece makes sense in a sort of suspension whereby you don’t see its discrete layers – it hangs together almost like a prism or a hologram, and you are willing to suspend the fact of the layers.
My intentions are pretty unsophisticated. When you look at the work, I want you to feel good. And if you’re not feeling relaxed and open, I want you to be able to look at a painting and for there to be enough prompts in it that it will nudge you into a relaxed and open-minded space. I want you to feel your imagination working. I want it to play with your neural pathways. It’s about landscape but it’s also very much about psychological perceptual experience. It’s a magic window.” – Fionna Madigan, 2021