A gift to remember


Mady paints, makes music and so many other things. She does it out of love, need and generosity.

On the horizon, the sea. In front of it, a creative studio, home to the giants of the sea. Since her childhood, Mady has been inhabited by these gigantic creatures coming straight out of themselves. Looking at her paintings, you can’t help but be transported. They invite you to let yourself be lulled by the sea, the light and the cetaceans depicted.

Mady has been creating for 34 years, and today she does so to support a cause close to her heart. As she says herself, she’s frugal: enough to live and eat, enough to paint and compose music! All her new creations are sold to the benefit of the Alzheimer Society of Gaspésie/Iles de la Madeleine. A YouTube link allows you to see and listen: https://www.youtube.com/@dondartpourlamemoire/about . You can buy her digital musical work or one of her paintings, all of it for a good cause and to encourage Mady to continue her philanthropic gesture.

The first series of paintings measures 20 x 24 inches and is produced on cardboard canvases to make them accessible to as many people as possible, as well as to publicize the project. She can also mount them on a wooden support when buyers prefer, which she can also engrave. Each work is unique. She then produced other works on ordinary canvas or on wood, as she usually did. This will be followed by 30 x 40 canvases.

Mady has been building her legacy and her project since January 2023. She had already donated part of the profits from her album dedicated to her mother, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from her paintings, there are her classically-based musical pieces, which are intended to be soothing, and which are created with the intention of doing good to people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Some of her pieces are for two voices, that she performs with singer Maritza.

Mady knows how to surround herself. Many of the people she contacted for her project had loved ones who were slowly submerged by the fog of Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother had the disease, and her father also suffered neuro-cognitive problems following his stroke. It was then that she realized the link between what she could do and philanthropy. She wants to break the taboos surrounding this disease and help with the distress associated with it.

Mady is an inspired artist. In April 2022’s R Magazine special issue dedicated to autistic artists and artisans, we devoted an article to Mady Arts. Yes, she’s autistic, and she can spend weeks trying to get organized, and then, all of a sudden, she’s coming up with paintings or musical pieces “as if we were a team of 12”, she tells us.

Her creative process is spontaneous: Mady doesn’t see her work, she feels it. The canvas takes shape before her as she paints. She is so grateful when she finishes a work. She considers it a gift and is very grateful. It’s very difficult for her to meet deadlines. This project was and still is a great challenge for her. Creating has saved her life. She composed her first piece of music at the age of 5. “I am my painting, I am my art, I am my music. When I do that, I exist,” she confides.

She is said to be aphantasic: i.e., she has no visual memory and therefore no mental imagery. It’s her emotions and her way of conceptualizing that work in her creative process. The latter is strengthened by her spirituality. She went on a shamanic drumming trip in the 90s, where she discovered that her inner animal was the whale. She’s therefore been painting them for over 20 years, but it’s only since 2015 that she’s been working on her Whales and Golden Fluids series, where we find her whales with little golden dots.

Take a tour to see the first series, which is available on her YouTube channel, encourage her and give generously, because memory is precious.

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