A first born generation in the United States after a family migration from Saskatchewan, Canada. THANK YOU for visiting my work. j. Madison Rink. My work in digital Fine Art Photography continues to be greatly influenced by years of interest and exposure to the extraordinary high-end, antique tribal and Asian art created by the indigenous peoples from around the world. I also have a keen interest in archetypal symbolism as an international language, basic to the human mind, therefore transcending the typical limits of communication. Of great benefit, it naturally contains a vast and ever expanding realm of possibilities in perception. The traditional symbolism associated with Rock|Stone has an extensive and rich history of meaning for most cultures and religions of the world. It therefore seemed natural to choose an ancient and diverse rock landscape to explore the idea of capturing the essence of these indigenous peoples highly compelling work; in this case, images naturally sculpted by the geologic and atmospheric changes in Mother Nature. Baetylic stones for example, denote a place of indwelling divinity and therefore can be prophetic "stones that speak. In all nomadic and hunting tribes such as the Amerindians it is believed that rocks are the bones of Mother Earth. As well Oceanic peoples believe that rock gave birth to all things in the world. Other cultural associations, to name only a few might include fertility; indestructibility; the attainment of perpetual youth as well as unity; and a meeting place for communications between the heavens and the earth.
One of the several award winning images in my Primitive Nature collection includes The Shaman, (above) chosen as a winning image by Jurist, STEVEN PERLOFF, Editor and Founder of PHOTO REVIEW Magazine for The Center for Fine Art Photography. Soon after it won again in another competition; Jurist Tim Anderson, CameraArts Magazine. | The highly symbolic Mother Nature sculpted image of the Vagina, the most common image in prehistoric art, was recently chosen and on exhibit at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station Art Center, Santa Monica CA. These and other works are included in many private collections, and all works have exhibited in galleries across the U.S. including a current European traveling exhibit with three pieces; one from a story telling landscape; the others from my "Colours of Nature," collection. The exhibit theme is Climate Change. ,
2015-2016 Photographic & biographical materials included in the archives at Yale University, Beinecke Library, Women in Photography International Archives: a historical documentation. Historical documentation Included in the archives at the Smithsonian, New York,, Women's Museum, Wash D.C., the GETTY Museum, Los Angeles, Harvard University, MA, International Center of Photography, New York City, The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe for Advanced Study, University of Arizona Center of Creative Photography, Tuscon.
PUBLICATION: UNESCO, educational subsidiary of the UNITED NATIONS included an interview with artist j. Madison Rink, citing this fine art photography as a "key example" of the ever evolving genre of art in geology; 'a growing niche market which supports excellence in Nature tourism while promoting a Nature awareness through interpretation.' "Geotourism & Local Development." Feb/March 2009PUBLICATION: "Geology in Art" an unorthodox perspective." Author, Andrea Baucon, UNESCO paleontologist and Geoartist. This book traces the history of Geology and Art beginning with the works of Leonardo da Vinci - up to and including several contemporary artists of the day.First Edition, 2009