Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Still Lights Gallery

A Psychology of Change
Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:00am - Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 12:00pm
Paul Sack Still Lights Gallery
Free and open to the public.
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Student Exhibition
Experience is felt throughout the body. Whether it be from a leftover scar or the aftermath of a vivid dream, our feelings have both a physical and emotional impact on us. A human body functions as a fertile yet weathered landscape. It presents both a sophisticated map of experience as well as cultivates a continuous physical transition throughout a lifespan. In addition to the body, the gut collects experience. It is the primary recipient of the emotion that stems from any experience, be it physical injury, love, loss, or pain.  

I gravitate towards content in which I recognize my inner theatrics. Through an x-ray perspective, I attempt to reenact my internal content through external forms. I was naturally drawn to fruit because of the similarities I recognized in all organic forms. I see fruit as personifying the metamorphoses that our body undergoes as it ages, albeit disagreeable or toxic. Both the human form and fruit are vehicles of shifting life that I chose to visually poeticize the struggle and beauty that emerge from that experience.   

Besides working conceptually, I also work intuitively in order to access enigmatic aspects of how the fruit/body experiences life’s passages. There are so many psychological mysteries within each individual experience. Putting a form/face to this abstract idea is like trying to photograph the aftermath of a dream. Often times when a person wakes from a dream the emotion that lingers suggests that the psyche has indeed experienced something profound. In order to convey this representation of the universal eventuality of change, I rely on intuition just as much as I rely on my concrete comprehension of forms in this series.

Participating Artists
Influenced by photographers such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo and Imogen Cunningham and surrealist painters like Frida Kahlo, Madeline Brown tends to create her own authentic reality through photography. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she has lived in Mexico, France and Puerto Rico, as well as has traveled extensively in Cuba and throughout the Caribbean. Working with concepts of femininity, imagination, Vanitas, natural dualities, cultural metaphors and romanticized realism, her work seeks to find new approaches to create poetry with the camera. For her, the camera holds a linguistic power that allows her to create images that speak to the human experience, inside and out, visually and intellectually. Currently, a Dual Degree MFA/MA candidate at SFAI, she uses interpersonal experience from her connections with different cultures and individuals, as well as raw emotion to propel her art practice. She earned a BA in Art and a BA in Spanish from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is collaborating with several artists in Cuba in developing her MA dissertation in History and Theory in Contemporary Art.


About the Paul Sack and Still Lights Galleries Exhibitions
The student-run Prentice and Paul Sack Still Lights Gallery displays photo-based work on a weekly basis.

The Galleries are open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit