Maddie May

Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Printmedia

Maddie May (b.1994) is an interdisciplinary artist in Chicago, IL. Her work personifies everyday objects which evaluate intimacy, domesticity, turbulent histories, and discomfort through uncanny materials and soft visual optics. May’s work currently deals with affect and phenomenological experiences through common visual association, sounds, and aromas. May’s process involves a deep listening to items and spaces to understand the stories they tell about the people that use them. Interested in how feelings of grief, exhaustion, and fear are situated in terms of midwestern class and socioeconomic status, her objects embody the traumas that are ingrained and dealt with in those who experience these circumstances. She has held several visiting artist and artist residency positions, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her work has been exhibited frequently throughout the US.