“Red Tail Light, Union Square, NYC 2006 “
12.26 After Christmas photographer Meg Madison has visited city yards to photograph trees that are brought there to be recycled into mulch. In her photographs the once carefully pruned tree becomes one of the hundreds being moved about by heavy machinery and turned into mulch. These photos ponder the transition of a potent sign when, after the holidays have passed, people en masse take their trees out of the house. Madison captures these forlorn moments and objects with great compassion, as a symbol of perpetual faith and fertility transforms into a symbol for disposable culture and mass consumerism.
Meg Madison has been involved in many group and individual shows, and has created work on the subjects of cultural rituals, driving, eleven-year-old girls, and teen parents. MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD are b&w pictures that explore the connection between memory and image. SURFACE STREETS was called “a poetic visual essay that explores that most common of daily activities – driving – with fresh eyes” by Holly Meyers of the LA Times. Her latest work, 12.26, explores disposability in pictures investigating the fate of trees after the Christmas holiday. www.megmadison.com
Selected by Tim Wride, Curator of Photography at the Norton Museum of Art.