My recent work involves on-location drawing and painting that documents the people, places and locations I have experienced over the past couple of years. I typically work from a small sketchbook in order to capture a fleeting moment. I enjoy creating a quick composition and image from life instead of through a camera lens. Part of the appeal and challenge is trying to draw a moving subject. I start with pen so any mistakes just become part of the piece. Sometimes I add watercolor on location but I generally complete the sketch later. Watercolor is a quick and easy way to capture light, shadow, and color to enhance my quick sketches.
Since the spring of 2015, I’ve spent six months in Glasgow, one year in San Antonio, six months in Israel, eight months in Albuquerque, and moved to Tulsa in December of 2017. Over this period of time I’ve accumulated several sketches of the places in which I’ve worked, lived, and visited. Many of the places I have sketched I now consider a home away from home. This obsession started as a meditation practice to center myself in a place that was new and unfamiliar. Soon, my process evolved into a way to feel more connected to the community around me. I began to see myself in the places and people I drew.
I take these sketches and transform them into larger and more complex panoramic works or as I call them: “social-scapes.” The addition of transparent paper to show more people and objects suggests a passage of time — a location revisited several times over a period of hours or months. Sometimes I even include myself in these works. An observer that becomes part of the landscape. As I recognize myself in the people around me I feel a stronger connection to the place and a stronger sense of belonging.
Maddy Witt grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed her BA degree in Fine Art at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. In 2016, she was awarded the Excellence in Art Award from Trinity University. She recently participated in the Momentum 2019 exhibition in Oklahoma City, OK and the juried group show "Oh! Tulsa!" in Tulsa, OK. Her work consists of on-location drawings and paintings that encompass the people and environments of her everyday life.