Graduating with an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina, Madeleine Keesing creates tactile paintings that are a blending of the patterns and decoration movement and a variation of color field painting. Characteristic of her paintings is the subtle combination of layered colors used in the various stages of painting. Each painting has one or several colors neatly divided into grids. Layered on top, Keesing uses an exaggerated stippling technique to add an additional color applied in uniformly lined rows to create a textural pattern of connected paint beads. This method evokes the impression of a textile work.
Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and in the personal collection of Thomas Krens, the former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. In describing her technique Krens states; “The physical quality of these regularly disposed drops has an overall three-dimensional quality, not unlike a delicate tapestry. Each droplet could be compared to the perfect knot of an ancient rug. Ms. Keesing applies her paint with the dedication and care of both a medieval weaver and a manuscript illuminator.”