INTERVIEW: MADELYNE BECKLES

Part of Sext, featured in FKA Mag
A quick word with the photographer.
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With features in publications like the New York Times, FKA Mag and i-D Magazine (as well as a spot in photographer Petra Collins' acclaimed art book Babe), 23-year-old Montreal-based artist Madelyne Beckles is a force to be reckoned with. Her work, most of which takes the form of photography or performance art, tackles themes of sexuality, female identity and race through a very personal lens--a framework that she describes as centering upon "performativity of narcissism and self-deprecation." 

For TSP's third feature on inspiring women creatives (the first two of which can be found here and here), I sat down for an [email] interview with Beckles to discuss everything from the "trendiness" of feminism today to how she has seen Instagram change the industry.

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Q: What does your creative process look like?
My process is a lot of taking in of information, whether it be reading theory or watching reality tv, as soon as I have an idea I just go for it, it's always very gestural as oppose to a lengthy drawn out way of making things.


QWhat has been your favorite piece that you've done to date?
My favourite piece to date is something I just made for a show called 'in to you' happening in Austin Texas at atm gallery. It's me making Aunt Jemima pancakes semi-nude listening to Betty Carter  and eating them, I called it 'internalizing racism'.

Masking is Always Better with a Friend
by Madelyne Beckles & Delilah Rosier



QHow do you think platforms like Instagram have altered the art industry?
Instagram just provides for a more 'democratic' way of looking at and making art-aside from their f*cked up sexist community guidelines; it's a great way to curate what kind of images you want to see and make connections with like minded artists and people.

c/o @BellHoox
QWhat would you say the hardest thing about being a female artist is today? 
I think as long as we live within a  capitalist hegemonic homophobic racist and sexist paradigm, it will always be a struggle for people who are Othered to be heard, seen and compensated. That being said, I think that right now since feminism has become a hot commodity, it's allowing more opportunities for young women, however we have to remain critical about what it implies when feminism becomes sell-able.

QWhat advice do you have for budding female artists?
Do You! Put yourself out there. Fake it till you are it!