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      Elizabeth Howard


                                                        Madeleine Rondeau-Rhodes’ Fairies Are Real 

                                                                              June 4 – August 15, 2021

      For the first time, local artist Madeleine Rhondeau-Rhodes will exhibit a collection of collages, Fairies Are Real, in the Smith Gallery at the McGuffey Art Center.

      “My work is deeply rooted in my own life experience, and heavily influenced by my memory, observations, and imagination,” says Madeleine Rondeau-Rhodes. “My fantastical worlds, rich in symbolism, offer an alternative narrative to the image of women through explorations of self and identity and the mythology of fairies. In doing so, I push back against the pictorial and historical tradition of Surrealism and dismantle the perception of women as objects and muses opting instead to explore confessional themes infused with magic and folklore and the alchemization of experience and emotions into dark, thematic undertones.”

      Madeleine Rhondeau-Rhodes (b. 1992) is a painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received degrees in Historic Preservation and Studio Art, with a minor in Urban Studies, from the University of Mary Washington.                

      In 2018, Madeleine had her first solo-exhibition at Second Street Gallery, entitled siren x silence. In 2019, Madeleine was accepted as one of two artists-in-residence at the Maple Terrace Residency headquartered in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which subsequently resulted in an invitation to exhibit her surrealist paintings at three consecutive group shows at the prestigious Booth Gallery | Last Rites Gallery in Manhattan, New York. 

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