The Stuff of Everyday Magic by Madelaine Corbin


The Stuff of Everyday Magic by Madelaine Corbin


The Stuff of Everyday Magic is an adventure through the terrain of artist Madelaine Corbin’s research, practice, and notes supporting over two years of portfolio pieces. This non-linear path traverses an incomplete history of blue to the imminent loss of this color in our greening seas and graying skies in order to offer the idea that the climate crisis is also a crisis of color.

Corbin considers a constellation of questions about the seemingly simple elements of the everyday—from cornflower-spotted fields around, to the Detroit Salt Mine below, and the sun hovering beyond our blue sky above. Along this trail of vast ideas, artworks guide the way. Questions take root (and soil asks them) while the sun exhales, and values are composted while a version of hope is fertilized. Here, blue, salt, plants, soil, dust, wishes, and gifts compose the stuff of Corbin’s everyday magic.

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9 x .75 inches
  • ISBN: 9781034865353

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About this collaboration

Madelaine Corbin is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Detroit, Michigan. Her practice earnestly endeavors to unearth the space between home and land, human and non-human, wild and managed landscapes, and the connection to one another through geographic distance. Her research-based practice moves fluidly between textiles, sculpture, and drawing. Corbin’s work is informed by her participation in the New York Arts Practicum, immersive study in Athens, Greece, and as an artist-in-residence and research assistant in a chemistry lab where she helped to synthesize and characterize a new blue.

Corbin received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber and BFA from Oregon State University. Recent awards include the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award, an Oak Spring Garden Foundation artist residency, a Creative Residency at the Bloedel Reserve, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Stuart Thompson Fellowship, Honorable Mention for the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Award in 2020, finalist status for the Redmond Design Prize, and was named an alternate finalist twice for a Fulbright Award in 2020 and 2021.


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