A reoccurring subject matter in Madeleine's work is the industrial landscape and its convergence with nature. This ongoing investigation contributes to a body of work that began in 2012 when Madeleine relocated from Sydney to her current home in Newcastle NSW.
Newcastle is an industrial city on the east coast of Australia and home to the world's largest coal port. Madeleine's daily bicycle commute between home and studio, takes in this landscape, when she observes the changing tides and schedule of coal ships or waits behind boom gates for freight trains to drag by.
As a city currently experiencing massive infrastructure development, as well as as its regular schedule of industry Newcastle is a complex working machine. It's salt eaten surfaces, high rise construction and coal loader cycles can be seen in the textured surfaces and multiplied compositions of Madeleine's paintings. Her paintings wrestle with change, with movement, decay and ultimately a fixed state of being. They are cogs in a wheel and working fixtures of a city.
Select works from the Industry series have been shown in group exhibitions in Sydney and Newcastle and have been acquired by collectors including Artbank Australia.