Marlene Madison is an artist and writer. She graduated class valedictorian from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 1997. As a student, her short video work Five Visits to the Doctor made its debut at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Subsequent works have been performed and screened at festivals and in galleries across Canada, in the USA, Mexico and Europe. Some screenings and exhibitions include: Women in the Director’s Chair (Chicago), exTeresa International Performance Art Festival (Mexico City), Western Front (Vancouver), Belkin Satellite (Vancouver), 7a11d (Toronto), Live Performance Biennale (Vancouver), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City), Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), Art City (Calgary), to name a few.
For the past several years, the focus of Madison’s work has been on mass media culture, particularly the impact of marketing and merchandising on personal and cultural space, and her work often addresses the divide between high art and popular culture. Most recently, she has been looking at the interrelationship between brand and celebrity culture. Her works are created through the use of text, performance and video. She has been awarded numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants, and has participated in residencies such as the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2010, she completed a three-year post as Head of Visual Arts for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Cultural Olympiad.
Marlene Madison was born in Montréal, Canada and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada.