We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Luetge and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Madison, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I don’t think I ever had a choice. Being creative is my normal mode. I never considered going to school for anything else. I think being artistic is completely ingrained in me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make work that confronts the idea that we aren’t strangers. I’ve created a collection of paintings and objects that are made from things people have left behind. What I want most is for someone to see one of my paintings or objects and connect with it, relate to it. I’ve learned to trust my instincts. If I didn’t, I don’t think I would be an artist. More than likely, I’d be working a desk job and hating it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the Menil Collection! It is my absolute favorite! The space is organized so well, the work is always intriguing and it’s free! Axelrad would definitely be the place to hang out! I love the atmosphere and the neon tree!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been a number of people in my academic career who have influenced me; Gerard Huber, Dr. Emily Newman, Michael Odom, Rachel Hecker and Michael Sicinski. I also have to thank my parents for always supporting me.

Website: www.MadisonLuetgeArt.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madison_in_real_life/

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