Q&A: Danielle Madeley



Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. (Kafka). What will baffle future generations about our day and age? That we still continue to use fossil fuels even though we have the technology and ability to create energy without harming the Earth as much. What is it that interests you about photography? That it’s so accessible yet still remains mysterious. What part of the planet would you like to explore? All of it. Who wouldn’t want to see every tiny bit of it if they had the chance? Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Genetics, my old biology teacher was a geneticist. She once told us about a guy who couldn’t feel pain because he was missing the corner off a chromosome and it’s fascinated me ever since. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Lead any type of art workshop within communities. Anything that gets people involved with art. How often do you take other people’s advice? 60% of the time but if their advice is along the lines of ‘Danielle, you probably shouldn’t eat anymore pizza’, then never. Describe a personal hell. A repeating day that consisted only of me reading Of Mice and Men in which the first page has been gratified with ‘Lennie dies’.

Which living person do you most admire? My Nan. On what occasion do you lie? If I’m being asked whether I’ve eaten the last bag of crisps. What was the last crime you witnessed? Saw someone steal socks from Sports Direct. What is the best way to educate yourself? Go to the library and don’t leave until you’ve found something that interests you. What is the next book you want to read? A book of Sappho’s poetry. Ultimate camera? Any 10×8 camera. Most used camera? Mamiya 7ii. What object do you want? An apartment in London. What object do you need? A new tripod. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I just picked my Dad up to test this and I could so yes I am satisfied. Describe a cheap thrill. You know when someone is driving really fast and you stick your head out of the window and you pretend you’re either in a film or being shot my Ryan McGinley. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. Stonewall riots. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes. Which talent would you most like to have? Paint, but more specifically I wish I could do graffiti. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Take my Nan to buy a new lawn mower, read another letter from ‘Letters to a Young Poet’, paint with my nephew and then edit some current work.

The Knot is a materialised meditation of a homeland; a record of the conflicting ideas of comfort and convulsion akin to the emotions felt with regards to native soil. A community is the interwoven lives of different generations, a seamless unspoken memoir of times passed and present; a collective history that forms the foundations of the people it encompasses. The photographs are the consolidation of work made over a yearlong period, documenting the parallaxes of growing up in the county of Staffordshire and the tumultuous relationship with identity as a member of that community. With the intention of revealing the splendour seen by those who reside within the borders of the county, the work presents an almost illusory interpretation of community life within the expanse. The Knot is a journey of introversive contemplation, made from within the verges of the motherland.

Bio — Danielle Madeley is a recent graduate from Falmouth University, U.K. whose work predominantly explores the notions of community. She aims to initiate a discussion of the society’s place within art and art’s place within society by engaging her local community in the production of work that is celebratory of their homeland.  — WebsiteInstagram.