Madeline Irvine is a multidisciplinary artist whose focus is the natural world. She uses an open range of media to develop the impetus of the work. She works in series that include saltwater paintings and drawings, floating light sculptures, time-lapse video and photography.
Irvine’s current work is based on her research of the ocean and climate change. It is the knowledge of how these elements work that fuels her art. She draws with a hyper-saturated salt solution, As the mixture dries, salt crystals grow in reaction to their environment, leaving records of the process as they change from an amorphous, transparent liquid to glittery, light-catching solids.
Based in Austin since 1993, Irvine was born in Manhattan. Irvine received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been shown around the country. Irvine has worked in art-related fields as the Director of School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, a curator at the Montserrat School of Art, the lead visual arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman, and as a professor at Austin Community College. In Austin, she founded Look See Productions, which sporadically organizes thematic exhibitions with performing arts components.