La Vie en Couleur

Madelaine Martin's avatar Madelaine Martin

This collection tells the story of the artist’s life with mitochondrial disease. Green is the color for mitochondrial disease awareness, appropriate as green symbolizes life, growth and the hope of a cure. In this piece, green provides the foundation and roots for the outgrowth of the other photographs. But some days are not filled with hope; they are dark and difficult, black and gray. Some days, we need the lights muted, the shades drawn, and the sun to stay hidden behind the clouds. Yet as light cannot exist without darkness, and the colors of the rainbow cannot exist without both white and black, the presence and absence of all color respectively, the gray days are given their due respect before looking ahead to colorful tomorrows. At age six, Madelaine, as well as her younger brother, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a genetic energy production disorder. This disease has not affected, however, her eye for photography and a joyous compulsion to reveal the unique perspectives of the world that most of us miss.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 14 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 6 feet