Ex Voto

Madeleine Cruise
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
August
   
17
 -  
August
   
28
"Ex Voto is about giving holiness to routine, to community engagement, aesthetic orderliness and ornamentation."

INFORMATION

Ex Voto.

An offering made in fulfillment of a vow.

We are pulled out of our homes to travel once in a while, drawn by people, places, lovers and circumstance into other countries and cultures. One of the places that we come across the most difference from our homebound lives is in the visual manifestation of faith in architecture, visual iconography and ceremony in religious and cultural events in countries outside of our own. Ex Voto expresses the echo and aftershock that these moments leave on our lives when we return home.

This exhibition is also about the role of ritual and habit in everyday life and the way these practices contribute to personal identity and purpose. Cruise’s conceptual starting point is her experience of religious and cultural festivities abroad, however the works really begin in the contrast between a sacred practice and a very secular one. Through painting, Cruise raises the value of domestic chores and daily habits to the status of important cultural rituals.

In the development of these works Cruise explores the role of decorative systems in attributing value to objects, the role of the artist in assigning meaning via the decision of subject matter, as well of the role of space and how it can be a means for people to connect with their environment.

Ex Voto is about giving holiness to routine, to community engagement, aesthetic orderliness and ornamentation. Carefully ordered interiors are sanctums, leisurely gardens are retreats.

Still life is a devotional practice and landscapes are holy sites.

Oliver Hensel Brown

August 2017

Artist Biography:

Madeleine Cruise is an Australian artist currently based in Newcastle NSW.

She studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting at the National Art School Sydney.  As a student of the Reg Row Art Scholarship she graduated with first class Honours and the Fraser Studios residency prize in 2009. Her ongoing practice has been supported through studio residencies with Firstdraft, The Bundanon Trust, The Banff Centre Canada and Marrickville Garage. Madeleine has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia and Canada and has been a finalist in the Waterhouse, Mosman and NSW parliament en plein art Prizes. In 2013 Madeleine founded NANA contemporary art space in Newcastle, a not for profit gallery that she directed for three years. Her work is part of private and public collections in Australia and internationally including Artbank Australia.

Ex Voto.

An offering made in fulfillment of a vow.

We are pulled out of our homes to travel once in a while, drawn by people, places, lovers and circumstance into other countries and cultures. One of the places that we come across the most difference from our homebound lives is in the visual manifestation of faith in architecture, visual iconography and ceremony in religious and cultural events in countries outside of our own. Ex Voto expresses the echo and aftershock that these moments leave on our lives when we return home.

This exhibition is also about the role of ritual and habit in everyday life and the way these practices contribute to personal identity and purpose. Cruise’s conceptual starting point is her experience of religious and cultural festivities abroad, however the works really begin in the contrast between a sacred practice and a very secular one. Through painting, Cruise raises the value of domestic chores and daily habits to the status of important cultural rituals.

In the development of these works Cruise explores the role of decorative systems in attributing value to objects, the role of the artist in assigning meaning via the decision of subject matter, as well of the role of space and how it can be a means for people to connect with their environment.

Ex Voto is about giving holiness to routine, to community engagement, aesthetic orderliness and ornamentation. Carefully ordered interiors are sanctums, leisurely gardens are retreats.

Still life is a devotional practice and landscapes are holy sites.

Oliver Hensel Brown

August 2017

Artist Biography:

Madeleine Cruise is an Australian artist currently based in Newcastle NSW.

She studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting at the National Art School Sydney.  As a student of the Reg Row Art Scholarship she graduated with first class Honours and the Fraser Studios residency prize in 2009. Her ongoing practice has been supported through studio residencies with Firstdraft, The Bundanon Trust, The Banff Centre Canada and Marrickville Garage. Madeleine has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia and Canada and has been a finalist in the Waterhouse, Mosman and NSW parliament en plein art Prizes. In 2013 Madeleine founded NANA contemporary art space in Newcastle, a not for profit gallery that she directed for three years. Her work is part of private and public collections in Australia and internationally including Artbank Australia.

FEATURED  WORKS

Madeleine Cruise, Atrium, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

Madeleine Cruise, Accidental Monument, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 40 cm

Madeleine Cruise, Glorious Descent, 2017, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 64 x 40 cm

Madeleine Cruise,The Waterhole, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60 cm

Madeleine Cruise, Vanity Set, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm

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