Maddie Stansell is based in Denver, Colorado. She studied Studio Art at Northern Arizona University and loves to work with a variety of media. She evokes a sense of whimsy in one piece while exploring the darkness in our world (both corporeal and spiritual) in another. Just as she is not one thing, her art isn’t either. She likes the juxtaposition of hard and soft with her wire and thread pieces; using large, bold colors for delicate portraits; and creating soft, whimsical pieces that cast dark shadows. In her 2020 collection, which has evolved at one of the most tumultuous times in history, you will see nods to Greek mythology (Pegasus rising from the blood of the slain Medusa is a returning theme), many call-outs to Death and his pale horse, and her series titled "Soul Mates" which explores how we don't have to look the same to fit beautifully with someone else.
Raised by two women, Maddie has always understood the importance of strong women shaping the world and witnessed the struggles they faced as gay women raising a family in the South. They taught her that women can do anything, even when the deck is sometimes stacked against them. She believes that seeing and celebrating the women that are kicking ass and taking names in the face of adversity is crucial to inspire the next generation of women, which is one of the reasons she joined The Art Queens in 2020. As Shania Twain once perfectly said, "Let's Go, Girls."