Madi Whyte is an artist from rural Victoria. Madi’s practise encompasses sculpture, photography and illustration. Inspired by muted aesthetics and the everyday zeitgeist she is interested in exploring the language of line, form, the cut and the architecture of dystopian landscapes – both sparse and high density.
Madi uses finite landscapes as pictorial tropes to explore languages of precision, form, and the cut. This body of work focuses on atypical viewpoints; geographic coordinates; and the examination of her composite relationship to various landscapes, forms, and topos. Influenced by her own rural upbringing on Gunditjmara Country, Madi explores the multifarious and undulating connection she shares with the land – how it behaves as a metaphor, material, and teacher.
The work proposes the artist as photographer and metalworker, to discover an emblematic and personal correlation between the formal qualities of the rural Australian landscape, and the abstracted spatial compositions of her images and sculptural objects. Madi’s interest in earth, Country, and its material resources speak to the alchemy of her film and forging processes, both heavily symbolizing her interest in the transformational properties of heat, industrial intervention, labor, and force. The search for outcome through materials is a mirror for the search for self in a location that the artist seeks.