Madeleine Cruise is an emerging artist who creates sensational objects and abstract images that explore emotional experience in contemporary life. Driven by a desire to make complex situations tangible, her work investigates such themes as sexuality, relationships and social status, within a personal and broader social context. In a creative process that explores material equivalents between painting and sculpture, Madeleine creates immersive sensual and tactile environments for contemplation.
|Illusions of Desire 2016 Acrylic on canvas 120x120cm|
It is with great excitement that I present a recent work from my studio: Illusions of Desire.
It is a complex piece that I find enjoyably un nerving. Immediately sweet and enticing, yet uncomfortable to behold, with it's un clarified body imagery and disappearing chasms. One feels slightly voyeuristic, staring curiously into the chasms and folds of the voluptuous shapes, restrained only by imagination as to what the painting may reveal. Like an illusion the composition is veiled in a layer of titanium white to create pastel hues that revel in ambiguity. It is precisely this contradiction and visual menace that I enjoy.