Madeliene (Maddy) Ginger
Surrounded by smiling faces of the children who adore her, as the winter sunshine filters through branches of the tall shade trees, we find Maddy Ginger, local artist and Preschool assistant.
3610 What brought you to settle in our community?
Maddy I came to live here 16 years ago, primarily due to a tree change in my husband’s career. The community seemed like a lovely place to raise our 2 boys, and I could see plenty of creative opportunities to explore. During that time, I owned a craft and art supply shop where I also taught painting classes. For the past 10 years though I have enjoyed working at the Murchison Preschool.
3610 Your paintings are amazing, so very lifelike. Have you always been an artist?
Maddy I cant remember a single time I didn’t want to just sit and paint. My mother told me that I was a very active toddler, always running around, but when I was about 2 or 3 she gave me a crayon, that must have been a pivotal moment and I never put it down. From then on I just started drawing and drawing. I wanted work with children from a very young age, however my preference changed during my mid teens and I graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from RMIT Bundoora. It wasn’t until a few years after moving here that I again studied and obtained a diploma of Early Childhood Learning. I feel that I’ve come full circle and am now combining both my loves.
3610 What do you like most about working at the preschool?
Maddy Oh, I could be here for hours telling you! When I see the children arrive for kindergarten, it’s just the best. They make me laugh, they remind me to enjoy each new experience, they make me marvel at their own creativity. Experiencing art with the children is so very special; to stand and watch the freedom that the children have at the easel, they just paint what they want to and what they feel. We work with clay and play dough a lot too. Its amazing to watch the ever-changing sculptures being formed, the way the children can problem solve and correct as they go, the unpredictability of them smushing it all down or their sensitive, protective nature over their own piece of art work. I have a special wall in my art studio at home dedicated to the pictures that the preschool children have made for me over the years. It is and honour, a privilege to see them grow and develop in their own unique way. A very fulfilling job.
3610 How are you planning to use your creative talents in the future?
Maddy I very rarely do commissioned paintings now, due to my work load I really only have time to paint pieces for my own creative outlet. I started out drawing with charcoal and have worked through many mediums now favouring oils. I’d like to experiment with watercolours and see what effects I can achieve. since my recovery from breast cancer 15 years ago, each of my paintings incorporates a butterfly, symbolic of new beginnings. Clay is one of my first loves, and I would love to start using it again. One of my clay sculptures from Uni went on to win the Walker Ceramic Award. In the past I have been involved with many collective exhibitions and have obtained several awards; the most recent being runner-up peoples choice award for my painting “Solace,” featuring my son, Shane, walking though the massive Californian Red Pine forests in Warburton. I’m currently working toward holding my own art exhibition in Murchison next year. This would be my first solo event, and really want to showcase the different mediums I enjoy working with, and some local field studies.
3610 What do you most like about our community?
Maddy Ah, the Murchison Community. When I came here, I moved away from family and had no friends around. The local people immediately made me feel welcome, involved me and made me feel apart of the community. It really is something very unique to this town.