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Madelyn Dickman
Excellence Award Winner
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Painting immerses you in its rich history and vast creative potential to find your unique voice.

After my mom passed away a few years ago, I lost a large part of my memory due to grief. I became obsessed with writing everything down so I wouldn't forget anymore. Because of this, everyday forms of writing such as to-do lists, diaries, and letters have become the main inspiration for my creative process. I mostly work in mixed media and collage, creating a collection of artworks that mimic my collection of memories.


My process is very intuitive. I often start by pulling handmade paper and collecting plant material from various sources. It is important to me that my materials are eclectic. I then layer these materials onto my paintings, letting the paper hold weight within the composition. The intentional textual elements, plant material, and handmade paper combine with the more expressive painterly marks in order to create an abstraction of a memory.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

I will always remember staying late with my friends to work in the studios; laughing and creating together. The thing I will miss the most is making artwork with my friends.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

The thing I'm the most proud of is that I stayed in school and finished my degree despite the hardships I've been through. Additionally, I finally figured out who I am as an artist, and I now feel confident in my talent and skill.

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