Cold Sweet Plums by Madi Vander Ark | Art-Hop-Polis

Art-Hop-Polis, art hopping at the Cité internationale will be back on the first Wednesday of October. The new season will open with Cold Sweet Plums, an exhibition by Madison Vander Ark, artist in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholar 2020-2021. You may have seen the virtual Art-Hop-Polis featuring her work-in-progress last year.

In my newest body of work, cold sweet plums, I use paint, fabric, and light to describe the solitude, sensuousness, and new home I have experienced in my first year in Paris. I want to make spaces that pull you into themselves and convey a feeling of safety. Without a figure to focus on, you become one with the candy-colored environment. While stuck there, you imagine dipping your toes into the dark, cool liquid and stroking the carpet of villi, grass, or string candy. In this state of occupying the imagined world, our senses take precedence, and the isolation from the pandemic that feels so suffocating in the real world becomes snug and warm in the soft, pink, painted one. Madison Vander Ark

Practical Information

Date: Octobre 6 to 31 | Facebook Event

Covid: In accordance with government regulations, you will be asked to show your vaccination passport or a negative Covid test taken within the last 48h.
Please respect the general physical distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance.


Date: October 6 as part of Art-Hop-Polis | Time: 6-8pm | Facebook Event
The visits will take place in half-hour slots in the presence of the artist Full Art-Hop-Polis program

Reservation Art-Hop-Polis

Guided Visits

Visitis will be organizd after the Rendez-vous Musical. Other dates will be added during the month.

Reservation October 17, 6:30pm

Reservation Octobre 22, 6pm

Reservation October 31, 6:30pm

About the artist

Madison Vander Ark is a painter and multi-disciplinary artist from central Pennsylvania. Through her interest in psycho-geography and the relationship between our bodies and structural environments, Madison’s work reveals the uncanny aspects of the various places she has lived. The inherent magical properties of ordinary life are the focus of her work as she investigates the seemingly banal spaces that permeate the landscape of daily walking.

Madison was recently featured in the Area Code Art Fair of New England and is a 2020 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grantee. After receiving her BFA in painting in 2016, Madison resided at the Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre in Marnay-sur-Seine and has since been included in shows at Studio E Gallery, CIVA, and the Susquehanna Art Museum. She went on to pursue her MFA in painting at Boston University, where she continued to make paintings and installations that explore her encounters with the built world.

After graduating in 2020, Madison participated in a virtual residency called CO-Residency, which connected 12 artists from around the globe making work in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She looks forward to being included in shows at the Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York and Boston University’s Stone Gallery this fall. As a recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year, Madison is thrilled to be given the opportunity to make a series of paintings and installations that respond to her encounters with and study of Parisian architecture. You can follow Madi on Instagram.


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