FAIRBANKS — With two kids, a husband and a full-time job teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Madara Mason could easily claim to be too busy to pursue her creative passions. Instead, this talented artist puts out an impressive amount of work, and her 10th show opens at the Well Street Art Company this Friday. When asked recently how she manages to be so prolific, Mason shook her head wearily as she gazed around her jam-packed home studio.
“I get up at 4 in the morning, without fail, even on the weekends,” Mason said, conceding that she “worked like a maniac” to create her latest show. Titled “In Search of Lost Time,” the exhibit is a departure from Mason’s earlier works, which primarily featured animals.
“It’s all florals. That’s the obvious subject matter of it, but once I got close to being done with everything I realized it was more about nostalgia for me than it was about the flowers,” Mason said.
Mason, who describes her work as “mixed-method figurative expressionism,” uses paper, sequins, beads, fabric, gold leaf, pearls, acrylic ink, markers and “a lot of paint” to create her pieces. Mason said her new show was inspired by scrapbooking paper but morphed into something else.
“I go into Michael’s sometimes and they have all these scrapbooking things and I have these weird, complicated mixed feelings about that stuff. On one hand, I’m super attracted to it, and I really want to get my hands on all of it, but on the other hand, I’m sort of irritated by the fake nostalgia that they want you to engage in,” Mason said. “I realized ultimately that I was trying to deal with those complicated feelings about the materials, but then there’s also the subject matter. And I thought, ‘Well, if I’m engaging in some kind of nostalgia, it’s not the kind of…