Madeleine Lord is a multidisciplinary artist, that has been focusing on sculptures made of scrap metal for the last thirty years.
Madeleine majored in art at Smith College, where Leonard Baskin taught print making and professor Elliot Offner stated if you can’t draw you can’t make art.
Madeleine has always worked on her art. Her oeuvre includes drawing, painting, woodcut prints, monoprints, photography, and animation as well as metal sculpture. Her first public work “Revolutionary Figures” was installed at Fort Washington Park, Cambridge MA in 1987. It included four life size minutemen based on photos she took at re-enactments, and a figure of a woman representing the D.A.R. who in the late 19th century transformed the fort to a park.
Her latest public works can be seen at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston , where a ten foot Giraffe, an Ostrich and a figurative work are permanently installed in the public garden at the entrance.
In the past thirty years she has created both large public works as well as many small steel sculptures for homes or gardens. Her work has been included in the Chesterwood Contemporary Sculpture Show multiple times. In 2003 she created a 9/11 Memorial, “The Enduring American Spirit” for Whitinsville MA, and was invited to design a garden installation for the City of Chicago’s Millenium Park opening celebration in 2003. She is currently part of the Cambridge Art Association as well as the New England Sculpture Group
Her recent work combines found scrap metal into figures, flowers and animals. She visits metal waste yards to search for ingredients, and friends leave things in her driveway. Each piece starts with gathering – looking for scraps which are interesting by themselves. How they end up is unpredictable. Finished work is the result of “choice and fit” in the words of the late John Chamberlain. Subjects appear from the scraps or from the news or even the occasional leak from personal history.