Madison Burgard is an emerging artist from North Georgia. During her time at Georgia College, Madison studied many forms of art including drawing, painting, digital arts, sculpture, and photography. While she has a deep love for all mediums, for her senior exhibition she chose to explore the camera and its ability to change our perspectives of the world. Madison feels that with her photography she can make art that has the power to change minds, and aid in the recovery of our ever-consuming society.
In her final semester at Georgia College, Madison worked as a practicum for the professor of photography. During this time, she assisted the photography department in various capacities, including assisting classes, providing one-on-one time with students, and aiding in the behind-the-scenes occurrences of the daily photographer. These opportunities have led Madison to consider choosing photography as her career path.
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Inordinate Waste combines various photography methods, sculpture, and sound art to explore how important a clean Earth is to the human experience. This culmination of artworks brings awareness to the negative impacts of overconsumption, and to the idea that the everyday habits of people can make a difference in society. In this show, photography is displayed in a movie format, as large format prints, and in a series of photograms. The movie, It Ends With Us, features original sound art that mimics the alternating projections, and is meant to invoke a sense of urgency and self-realization in the viewer. This experience will hopefully convince audiences to become more considerate about their daily habits that add to the destruction of our beautiful planet.
Inordinate Waste highlights the dangers of climate change and the current environmental impacts that our society is facing. Because the environmental impact of large companies is more significant than the impact of the individual, it sometimes feels like our habits do not matter. To challenge this mindset, Inordinate Waste focuses on the debris produced by the individuals of society. The immersive installation conjures a sense of responsibility and urgency in the viewer, which forces them to consider their habits and ponder the effects that those habits have on a larger scale. This experience provides a discomfiting realization that there is something very wrong happening.
Inordinate Waste falls within the realm of art for social inquiry and cause. Photography is used to push the narrative of a planet endangered by the environmental impact of our habits. This series will be seen by a younger generation who can make essential changes to their daily habits, hoping that said changes will carry through their adult lives.