Madelin Wilian

Term: August-Nomvember 2022

Madelin Wilian, born in 1969, lives and works as a visual artist, illustrator, author and musician in Copenhagen. She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the age of 16, she made her debut as an illustrator for the publishing house Gyldendal and has since published numerous other books under the name Mikkeline W. Gudmand-Høyer, both as an author and as an illustrator. She is a member of the artist group Drøm & Co and guitarist and singer in the band Stjernevask.

Madelin Wilian grew up in various housing communities in the 1970s when alternative forms of housing and communities were being experimented with. She is interested in how people interact with each other, new community structures, gender equality and the donut economy. From May to July 2022, she is exploring these themes as part of the R.A.R.O. residency programme in Madrid.

As a visual artist, she works with a wide range of different techniques, from mixed media to acrylic or an oil painting, woodcuts and computer graphics. Her visual language, reminiscent of Fauvism, is characterised by bright colours and an expressive simplification of forms. She creates seemingly naïve fantasy worlds that are characterised by great lightness, but also show socially critical references.

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