About Monika Stockton Maddux

Artist Statement

Monika Stockton Maddux. A recurring theme is my obsession. I have been unable to conceive and deliver a baby girl and a profound obsession has developed and festered.  Because my family is such an important part of my life, it is natural that it is the inspiration from which I draw, and this is reflected in my work. I am a mother to four boys and have no daughters. My work mirrors intense and deep emotions, it is from these emotions that I pull, and therefore enable, an emotion from the viewer; the type of emotion which is felt instinctively; that becomes visceral yet cognitively unattainable. Loss and grief are important components of my work because of my personal experiences with miscarriage. Focused on portraying the emotions conjured through reenactment and visual conversation, I begin with the seemingly mundane, and upon further investigation, end with overwhelming sadness. This work is a progression that creates an environment where the viewer is confronted with passion and compulsion sparked by loss. I transform the viewer’s perception of their size and place, in their environment, to position them into what entering my mind would be like. An encounter within the emotionally disturbed consciousness of a mother who has lost and is obsessed with these notions.

I carefully embroidered beads and sequins onto a fetus shaped pillow, and placed it on a foam pedestal, covered with sheer material pulled and squeezed by black buttons. I wanted to climb inside the pillow and wrap it around my body to feel what it’s like to be in a warm, safe womb. The shape changed from an indistinct fetus form, into a recognizable baby form, with baby blanket skin, stitched together. The soft, delicate baby is placed on cold, hard linoleum from a home, giving the piece an extra layer of domesticity. I explore scale to emphasize my message. This piece is about me wanting to be held and comforted by my mother, reminding me what it is like to feel safe and loved, but taking the shape of my baby girl that I was never able to hold and comfort.

By painstakingly embroidering a pool of velvet blood, I explored juxtaposition of something beautiful with something grotesque. The exaggeration of the event of a miscarriage; The velvet blood spilled onto the ceramic tile floor and into the extra wide cracks between the tiles of the bathroom.

The cage is a modification of the child’s bed into a container for the name-pillows from the list of 1000 baby girl names that could have been chosen for a daughter. It is placed on Pink Shag Carpet, from a child’s bedroom, continuing my theme of rooms in a house. I have repurposed my own little girl furniture. The shape and color of the bed-ends reference headstones and casket interiors, that represents the babies that were lost. The name pillows are reminiscent of an elementary school art project where the children would write their name then trace the shapes of the letters.

            Each canvas tile is one week of one year of trying to conceive a baby girl. Every tile has a line drawing of one of five different aged girls except for the weeks of a miscarriage, the tiles containing each of the five girls. Week after week, until the last tile, the last week, the week the last baby was lost. With this piece I am portraying more than obsession with wanting a baby girl, I am acting out my desires to create objects for a baby girl, like scrapbook pages and dresses.

Obsession manifesting as a room or shed that is home to the stash of baby girl objects and where the maker has spent an exorbitant amount of time sitting on the bench as indicated by the indention left behind. It is a secret room, but the viewer has discovered it and can peek in through the curtains and smell the baby powder. In this space, I can create or recreate any experience I wish.

            My research is into the multiple aspects of motherhood, being a mother and having a mother. Being raised with sisters and raising only sons. Being a mother losing a daughter and being a daughter losing a mother. I continue to investigate obsession that develops in response to the psychological impact of loss, specifically the effects of miscarriage.

Artist Biography

Monika Stockton Maddux is a sculptor and potter. She was born on May 5, 1979 in Wichita, KS.  She is the daughter of two entrepreneurs: Joseph Stockton, a brick and stone mason and Katrina Stockton, a tailor.  She has two older sisters and one younger brother. Monika Maddux graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics in 2004. After graduation, Monika built a workshop, opened a gallery, got married, had kids and started a business with her husband. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture at Wichita State University. Monika’s work involves themes of family, children and loss, while she creates an emotional narrative that invokes an intense response from the viewer. She lives in Wichita with her husband, artist W. Jarrod Maddux and their three sons.

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Academic Education:

                M.F.A. Sculpture, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. In progress (2019).

                B.F.A. Ceramics, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. 2004.

                A.A. Butler Community College, El Dorado, KS. 2000.

Academic Honors:

                James & Catherine Buck Fine Art Scholarship. Wichita State University. 2015.

                Wallis Endowed Scholarship. Wichita State University. 2014.

                Dean's Honor Roll. Wichita State University. 2003.

                Graham Scholarship Award for Ceramics. Wichita State University. 2003.

                Merit Based Scholarship. Wichita State University. 2002.

                Dames Endowed Scholarship. Wichita State University. 2002.

                Wichita State University Potters Guild Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg,  TN. 2002.

                Academic Commendation. Wichita State University. 2002.

                C.F. Paulsen Endowed Scholarship in Fine Arts. Wichita State University. 2003, 2002, 2001,2000.

Academic Organization Membership:

                Wichita State University Sculpture Guild, Vice President, 2016, 2015. President, 2015. Co-President, 2014.

                Wichita State University Ceramics Guild, Member, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.

                Wichita State University Potters Guild, Member, 2015, 2014. President, 2004. Treasurer, 2003. Secretary, 2002.

Supplemental Education:

                International Sculpture Center (ISC), Member, 2017, 2015.

                Artist in Residency, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. Summer 2003.

                Workshops, Clay Nation, Wichita State University. 2004, 2002.

                Workshop, Lisa Orr, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. Summer 2002.

                National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Member: Ft. Worth, TX 1998; Kansas City, KS                                                 2002; San Diego, CA 2003; Indianapolis, IN 2004.

Employment:

                Wichita State University, Graduate Teaching Artist. 2016-Present.

                No Craft Left Behind (NCLB), Studio Artist, Co-Owner. 2004-Present.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Co-Owner, Curator. 2005-2006

                Celebration Montessori School, Private School, Director, Teacher. 2004-2006

                Duram Photography, Wedding Photographer. 2002.

                Wichita State University, Work Study, Ceramics Department. 2002.

                Sunflower Newspaper, Wichita State University Campus, Staff Photographer. 2002.

                Sircoulomb Photography, Wichita, KS, Internship/Assistant Photographer. 2000-2002.

                Butler Community College, Work Study, Ceramics Department. 1997-1999.

                Butler Community College, Work Study, Photography Darkroom. 1999.

Published Writing:

                Ceramics Monthly, “Suggestions”. September 2003.

Exhibition Activity:

                Gallery Old Town, Familial Iconoclasm in Art Perspective: The Next Generation. Group. Wichita, KS. 2018.

                Henrion Gymnasium, Thesis Proposal Presentation. Wichita, KS. 2018.

                Project Space, Subject | Matters. Wichita, KS. 2018.

                ShiftSpace Gallery Annex, Time As Media. Wichita, KS. 2017.

                Project Space, Ulrich Museum Alliance Graduate Scholarship Show. Wichita, KS. 2017.

                Cadman Gallery, Women’s Work. Wichita, KS. 2017.

                Commerce Street, Iron Pour. Wichita, KS. October 2016.

                Reuben Saunders Gallery, Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition, Alumni/Current Student. Wichita, KS. 2016.                 Project Space, 2016 Graduate Show. Wichita, KS. 2016.

Commerce Street, Wichita State University Sculpture Guild Trailer Show. Wichita, KS. 2016.

 

 

Cadman Gallery, Familial Iconoclasm in Art Perspective: The Culture Clash of the Institutional Inertia of Art in Our                                         Family. Duet Exhibition. Wichita, KS. 2015.

                Cadman Gallery, Wichita State University Sculpture Guild Exhibition. Wichita, KS. 2015.

                Cadman Gallery, Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition, Alumni. Wichita, KS. 2014.

                Ulrich Museum, Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition, Alumni. Wichita, KS. 2015.

                Reuben Saunders Gallery, Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition, Alumni/Current Student. Wichita, KS. 2016.

Shiftspace Gallery, Current Exhibition. Juried. Wichita, KS. 2014.

                Kansas Oil Museum, Kafir Corn Fall Festival. El Dorado, KS. Vendor. 2006.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Mud Wrestling & Naughty Bubbles. Wichita, KS. 2006.

                Art Aid Silent Auction Preview. Wichita, KS. 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, New Works. Grand Opening Duet Exhibition. Wichita, KS. 2005.

                Yoco Galleries, Clay Masters of the Great Plains Exhibition. Wichita, KS. 2005.

                Walnut Street Gallery, BFA Exhibition. Wichita, KS. 2004.

                Rhatigan Student Center Gallery, New Work from New York Residency. Wichita, KS. 2003.

                University of North Texas, Ceramics USA National. Juried. Denton, Texas. 2003.

                Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Cup: The Intimate Object II, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Juried. 2003.

                The Clay Studio, Soda National, Missoula, Montana. Juried. 2003.

                Dodge City Area Arts Council Annual Juried Art Exhibition. 2003, 2002.

                Rhatigan Student Center Gallery, Spirit Photography Contest. Juried. Wichita, KS. 2002.

                Rhatigan Student Center Gallery, Elements Competition. Juried. Wichita, KS. 2002.

                Rhatigan Student Center Gallery, Elements Competition. Juried. Wichita, KS. 2001.

Rhatigan Student Center Gallery, WSU Potters Guild Members Show. Wichita, KS. Juried. 2001.

                Clayton Staples Gallery, Scholarship Exhibition. Juried. Wichita, KS. 2000.

Curatorial Activity:

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Mud Wrestling & Naughty Bubbles, Monika Stockton, Aaron Boyd & Jenny Boyd.                                                 (Installation Sculpture). 2007.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Random Artists Part 2. 2006.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Random Artists Part 1. 2006.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Objects of Emotion, Aaron Boyd. (Fiber). 2006.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Northwest High School Art Exhibition. (Drawing, Painting, Photography & Ceramic).                                             2006.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Relative Perspectives, Duram & Sircoulomb Exhibition. (Photography, Fiber,                                                                 Ceramic, Glass & Sculpture). 2005.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, Just Jennifer, Noel Linder Solo Exhibition. (Painting). 2005.

                Allen Lee Gallery of Fine Art, New Works, Monika Stockton & Richard Predmore. (Ceramic & Drawing). 2005.

Lectures & Presentations:

                ICT Soup, Proposal Presentation Competition. Harvester Arts. 2018.

                Mid-Program Review, Slide Presentation to Graduate Faculty. Wichita State University. 2017.

                Slide Presentation of Residency in New York to Ceramics Students. Wichita State University. 2003.

                Slide Presentation of current work to Staff, Residents & Interns. New Paltz, New York. 2003.

                Slide Presentation of Workshop in Tennessee to Ceramics Students. Wichita State University. 2002.

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