Madeline Barber is a painter, primarily focused on making work that inspires imagination. To do this, she creates scenes of utter confusion mixed with a strange collection of animals and personified objects. When she’s not painting colorful chaos, she’s doodling pictures of her cartoon characters, Nora and Mr. Bear. Nora and Mr. Bear are always getting themselves into trouble and finding ways to be childish in the suffocating world of adults. Madeline’s goal is for everyone, child or adult, to come to her work with a sense of wonderment and whim. 

I make art that tells silly stories so that grown-ups can use their imagination like kids do all the time.