b. 1993 Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia
Pfull’s work is preoccupied with suburban nostalgia of the 1980’s. Integrating performative staging into painting, Pfull forms uncompromising portraits of women who occupy domestic spaces and are seen through the lens of suburban cliches. Describing this process she says:
I think I have similar impulses to writers and actors, of making up stories and involving myself in a character’s life. I am fascinated with performance and mannerisms which can provide a whole backstory to the person they portray.
A crucial aspect of Pfull’s practice is the ‘dual portraits’, in which she creates the same scene twice but with only a minor variation. The nuanced portraits set themselves against todays fast-paced Digital Age that is characterised by an onslaught of images and information. Positioning painting as a medium that encourages quiet meditation, Pfull urges the importance of stillness and patient contemplation in understanding. Clad in outdated frocks and firm in their unyielding stances, her characters materialise this type of resistance and in return, with this same unhurried attitude she asks us to consider them
Madeleine Pfull graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2015. Pfull has recently shown in a solo capacity at Nino Mier in Los Angeles and is now represented by Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney.