Madeleine Cruise is an emerging Australian artist who lives and works in Newcastle, NSW. Her art practice uses drawing, collage and painting to explore everyday rituals and their contribution to personal identity. Inspired by connections with place and the role of memory, Madeleine combines still life and landscape imagery to create expressive compositions that hover between abstraction and representation.
Madeleine’s landscapes are concerned with the emotional understanding of place and explore how painting and memory can operate as processes of reconnection. Reductive, layered and highly coloured paintings focus on the visual and textural signifiers of place and allow for an instinctual and subjective interpretation. Madeleine’s interior paintings are multi-faceted compositions that represent the sequence of everyday life and as such seek to elevate and make rituals of ordinary domestic practices.
Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) from The National Art School Sydney, and was awarded the Fraser Studio Residency Prize. Madeleine has been a finalist in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Waterhouse, Mosman, Muswellbrook and NSW Parliament En Plein Air Art Prizes and was a finalist for the 2017 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.