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MADELINE SIMM
BLUE SKIRT WALTZ
MARCH 9 - APRIL 1, 2023

“ Simm’s painted arrangements and rhythmical thoughts entwine and overlap to investigate ‘painting as information’ , encouraging open interpretation. Like one’s mood being affected by the sight of a sentimental item of clothing or their favourite flower, Blue Skirt Waltz encourages wonder. “
- Ellinor Pelz
Artguide AU, March 2023.

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New Dawn
Oil on linen
25 x 25 cm
2023

CHAUFFEUR is pleased to present Madeline Simm’s inaugural exhibition in Sydney. Blue Skirt Waltz continues to explore an intriguing visual language of high and low culture inspired by reductive vintage fabric patterns and textile prints. 
Simm employs a restrictive square canvas format as entry point to an illustrative and abstract reading with an ambiguous title advocating a woman’s garment and the body, dance and movement.

“Repeating the square unifies the body of painting and creates a visual rhythm between them” states the painter,  Simm’s use of crops and unexpected juxtapositions are compositions to amplify the push and pull emotion triggered by an intense senitment - a feeling manfest by colour or an arrangement of colours. 
The latest body of work is graphic and intuitive - the repetitive circular motion in brushwork and a soft palette in oil on linen creates fluid positive and negative spaces. Colour is the pivotal form of expression taking on immense dimensions without losing clarity.

Madeleine Simm (b. 1994) graduated in Painting from Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Conner Conners, Melbourne; Savage Garden; ACCA; Daine Singer; West Space; Sarah Scouts Presents, Melbourne.
Upcoming launch of limited edition artist monograph at NGV Art Book Fair published by Stray Pages and group show at Sutton Projects Melbourne.
installation view








Glimmer
Oil on linen
50 x 50 cm
2023
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Melody
Oil on linen
50 x 50 cm
2023
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Sunlight
Oil on linen
25 x 25 cm
2022
Private collection, Germany

Mirage
Oil on linen
50 x 50 cm
2023
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