Madi Acharya-Baskerville’s work involves projecting her inner world onto collections of objects. These objects can be chards of wood, pieces of plastic, leather shoes, broken toys. What they have in common is a fragmented history. They were once part of a culture, one which has now discarded them, but they remain part of our environment.There is an analogy between discarded objects and the dislocation that individuals may feel when they are exiled from their place of origin. She works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture and installation. Working with these cultural artefacts, the theme of identity provides the connection. Collecting can be a way of exploring identity, ‘you are what you keep’ and also a way of addressing past loss and future uncertainty.
My work is concerned with the synthesis of unlikely elements. Using objects, textiles, song, conversation and magazine cuttings which resonate with me on some level, I create works which move fluidly between different media. Often materials used have had a previous life such as wooden panels previously part of furniture or embroidered fabric which has become moth-eaten, hence devoid of its original function. I am interested in the disintegration of such objects over time and how through my intervention they can come to exist as part of something new.