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Reflections Hold Me When I Can't | Madeline King

Showing from February 5th to February 19th, 2024


" ‘Reflections Hold Me When I Can’t’ shows a wide array of vulnerable experiences, including  complicated familial grief and my first heartbreak, through the combination of self-portraiture and drawing. When feelings of immense overwhelming sadness, joy or even mundane boredom  come to fruition, I hold my camera close like a security blanket. My tears stop running. All I can  think about is the light. The patterns. The shadows. The colours. The reflections then hold me  when I can’t. As I adjust the shutter speed and focus, I no longer float; I am grounded in this  moment of time. I am held both within the reflective surface and within the camera. Due to the  nature of film photography these emotions are often at times held within the metal cage of my  camera for months at a time. Once the film is developed, the emotions once previously  captured, escape and I am able to reflect back on the emotions I had felt at the time. In  conjunction with the 10 photographs, there are 10 corresponding drawings done around the  same time which provide insight into the feelings behind the photographs. I invite you to step  into my shoes and experience these emotions as if they were your own."


About the Artist

Madeline King is a Guelph and Brampton based photographer and artist whose work aims to target the perception of ourselves and our bodies within a cultural setting. Through the use of reflection, shadows and portraiture she explores the duality and complexity of identity and  emotion. Their previous work has been exhibited in group shows at the artBar and 10C in Guelph, with additional work published within CAMs KIND MIND magazine and PhotoEd magazine. As a recent neuroscience graduate from the University of Guelph, Madeline’s work in the future will work to combine neuroimaging with photography and drawing in order to further explore themselves and others. 


Follow Madeline King on Instagram @mads.king15


Featured Work:

1. First love never dies 

Photograph: 8”x12”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2023  

Drawing: 8 “x 12”, Pen and ink, 2023

Available for Purchase:  40$ for an 8” x 12” print


(NOT PICTURED) 2. I love you I say to myself 

Photograph: 8”x12”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2022 

Drawing: 4.5”x4.5”, Pen, 2022


3. Complicated grief 

Photograph 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2021 

Drawing: 8.5”x 5.5”, charcoal and marker, 2022 


4. Vacant Saunders 

Photograph: 8”x12”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2021 

Drawing: 9.5” x 12”, pen, ink, tracing paper, 2022 


5. I feel Yellow. Noticeable 

Photograph: 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2022 

Drawing: 8.5”x 5.5”, pen, 2022 


6. Torn 

Photograph: 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2023 

Drawing: 12“x 8.75”, water colour, pen & polaroid, 2023 

Available for Purchase:  40$ for an 8” x 12” print


7. As white walls turn green  

Photograph: 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2023 

Drawing: 4.5”x 4.5”, pen 2023 

Available for Purchase:  40$ for an 8” x 12” print


8. Consuming Wind

Photograph: 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2023

Drawing: 4.5”x 4.5”, pen 2023 

Available for Purchase:  40$ for an 8” x 12” print


9. Grayson 

Photograph, 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2023

Drawing: 4.5”x 4.5”, pencil, 2023 

Available for Purchase:  40$ for an 8” x 12” print


10. 51 

Photograph: 8”x10”, Single exposure 35mm film, 2022

Drawing: 10.25” x 8.75”, Pen and Ink, 2022


The work can be viewed based on the order of left to right, according to the numbers above:

10, 5, 7, 9, 1, 3, 6, 8, 4


100% of sales are given back to the artist!







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