Madian has been practicing as a sculptor since 2008, working primarily with wood. She graduated from the University Teknology Mara in 2009 with a B.A in Fine Art (Sculpture). Her works draw upon her Sarawakian heritage, embodying elements of Pua Kumbu textiles, traditionally woven by the Dayak women of Sarawak, used in rituals and ceremonies. Madian is also influenced by works of sculptors Reuben Margolin, Theo Jansen, Louise Nevelson, as well as engineers and architects.
The wooden sculptures are large but intimate; structured, yet organic; powerful, yet delicate. Her works, reference both ying and yang – to the tradition of women’s weaving and presented in the wood carving medium that requires strength to master. Madian constructs all works herself.
“My sculptures are the product of an intensely detailed process, representing an atmosphere of movement in static design.”