Commenced PhD in Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts July 2011. Madeleine is a sculptor and installation artist, with a background in wildlife research. Her research project draws upon expertise in fine art and animal studies, and is concerned with: a new materialist fine art based inquiry into human-horse communication historically and into the contemporary era. Through this research project Madeleine intends to develop art-based theory and practice for expression of new 'ways of knowing' animals for contemporary applications (e.g. multi-media/medium installations). The primary research subject is the horse, and hence the interactions of horse and human. The significance of this work is in the application of the ‘eye’ of contemporary art theory to a classical and archaic topic ¬ that of the horse-human relationship. There evidence of a fundamental intuitive link between horse and human, a phenomenon that Madeleine will explore through fine art practice.