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2021 Senior BFA Interviews: Madison Cascardo

Close-up photograph of an abstract shape out of foamy material
Detail of Epoch, Spray foam insulation, wire, newspaper, plywood, spray paint, polycrylic spray.


Madison Cascardo

Madison Cascardo is a New Jersey based artist, who resides in Trenton. A graduate from The College of New Jersey, with a BFA in Fine Arts, she concentrates on installation work, and photography. Her work focuses on creating ambiguous experiences between environment and form. Being both objective and multi-faceted, her work engulfs her exploration process of materiality and meaning, allowing viewers to expand their views in relation to themselves, and the piece.

Cascardo expressed, “My artwork is a series of different mediums trying to figure out what they can do! My process usually starts with a fixation or liking to a theme or material. I tend to use personal experience or identity behind my work. I find even as a senior, I am still finding myself and who I am as an artist, so by no means do I want to limit myself!”

Epoch is a reimaged context of time, through the geographic exploration of the stalactite

and stalagmite. Through installation, this geological feature is a used metaphor to constitute for the actions that create outcomes. Even a drop computes to the overall growth of a stalagmite, as does the events that impact our lives. A self-portrait if you will, up for interpretation, Epoch is the process of time of human experience. Fascinated with how one can manipulate materials, spray insulation is a prominent, explorative medium to adapt with. The use of an everyday material that is attached to the purpose of filling cracks and foundations, sparked an interest with the idea of home. Most of the ideas of what we call home can relate back to parts of our lives that may have been significant. While time is a leading contribution to the form of a stalactite and stalagmite, it takes millions of years for the chemical process to then eventually touch. This open space in between, holds room for growth from both ends of the geological feature. Epoch holds a curiosity for Cascardo, a mirror image of how she has developed.