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Conversations with Madison Sinsel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Sinsel.

Hi Madison, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve been an artist in one way or another since I was 3 years old. Art has always been a cornerstone of who I am and how I express myself, and I chose to dive deeper into it in college. I jumped around from major to major before settling on an art degree with a focus in illustration, but in my program, there was very little exploration of abstract art. My work started with continuous line pieces that explored realism from a different perspective, but it got more and more abstract by the day, and my style evolved with it. I’m happy to say that my work is still changing and evolving further every day, and I’m lucky to have an in-home studio that lets me create endlessly.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I don’t think any artist’s journey has been without struggles. Choosing to focus on art as a career came with a lot of loud criticism and doubt, both from others and from myself. People are very quick to dismiss abstract work as less refined, less serious, and to say “it’s just a bunch of squiggles, anyone could do that”. However, I knew that if I gave myself time to really invest in my work and give this career path my all, I could give myself the chance to prove that doubt wrong – and I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job at that.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an abstract multimedia artist who works in everything from digital to painting to textiles and more. My work has evolved throughout the years into a very recognizable style that people often describe as “Picasso-like” – which is a massive compliment! I specialize in minimalist line work that focuses on the female form, stripping a figure down to its essential lines. This allows me to focus on themes of connection, intimacy, and ephemerality. I’m very proud of my work and how everyone I meet seems to find something different in each piece.

How do you define success?
I believe success is feeling balanced and happy in all areas of life that matter to you. You don’t have to be rich or famous or have a million followers on Instagram to be successful. My work is important to me, but so are my friends, my family, my hobbies, and the world around me. Having success means feeling harmony in all of these things.

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Maryam Gates

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