Nick Madden was born in 1978 and raised in Mableton, Georgia. He studied drawing and painting and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in 2002. Since then he has been creating works of art, teaching art to elementary school students, and living in Decatur, Georgia with his wife and many animals.
Mine is a junk aesthetic, using found and fabricated materials like wood, cardboard, clay, and plaster to create a big, ugly beauty. I find interest and a strange allure in piles of junk on the side of the road, trees that have been felled in a forest, buildings that are falling apart or that have been demolished, rotten wood, rotting animals, mold, mushrooms, piles of rubble, piles of sticks, piles of bricks, piles, piles, piles. Of stuff. Rather than swimming in the doom and gloom I’m turning my attention to celebrating my life and my ability to make art. Using mankind’s refuse to create lively images of humans and their environment. Life bubbling up from the trash and the ugliness. Chaotic, banged together, trying not to fuck anything up by overthinking it. Like dancing. At the end of the world.