Madeline Cline

Madeline Cline
BA (Hons) Intermedia // Edinburgh College of Art ‘20

Madeline was born in Canada and now lives and works in Edinburgh.

“Serpent dreams reveal to me the inner most suppressed desires. Through the processes of digital collage, quilting and writing, I psychoanalyse these dreams, which include topics of animal consciousness, heartbreak, erotica, and mental health.

I utilise quilts/bedding as a location of arousal and emotional extremes in correlation with Radka Donnell’s theories of quilts (Quilts As Women’s Art, 1990). These quilts, as motifs, arise in my digital collages disguised as liquids and domestic textiles. One can see how the silk sheen of the quilts are mimicking wet surfaces, referring to the wetness of arousal and floods of tears.

I construct my collages using capitalist consumerist photographs; high quality images intended to seduce mankind, offering the ‘ideal domestic life’. The internet is a tool used to create frenzy in consumers; perspective can be lost, and soon you have ordered a designer python through the post. The Post-internet profile of my work highlights man’s disconnect from origin, nature and wild animals. I question the morals of commodifying exotic animals by recreating ‘idyllic’ domestic snapshots with disturbing details of frozen dead mice, guts, snake skins and eggs.

I continue to utilise an online experience by recording my autofiction tales and uploading to SoundCloud. The use of a calming voice compares to the soothing deliverance of audiobooks, a tool often used to lull a listener into a restful sleep; however, I am juxtaposing this context by discussing topics of cannibalism, dissection, erotica and psoriasis.

Continuously using the gendered pronoun ‘she’ throughout my writing, highlights the gender of a character struggling through patriarchal capitalism in search of emotional peace, female liberation and sexuality free from shame.

Writing permits me to self-mythologise my experiences. Mixing reality with mental health delusions, morals from mythology and taboos from dreams, enables me to reveal the inner beast and anthropomorphise to create tales where man and serpent are indistinguishable”.

Madeline has exhibited her work in ECA’s sculpture court, the Whitespace gallery and Granton Castle in Edinburgh. She was recently featured in The Scotsman.

They’ll Need to Defrost First
Digital print on silk
30.5cm x 28.5cm

The Bath is Running
Digital print on silk
30.5cm x 28.5cm


2016 – 2020
BA (Hons) Intermedia, Edinburgh College of Art.


Alt_D, Online.
ECA Degree Show, Online.
Intermedia Film Collective Live Screening, Online.
Buffering, Edinburgh College of Art.

Between the Sheets, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.
She, Whitespace Gallery, Edinurgh.
JUICE, Granton Castle Walled Garden, Edinburgh.
3rd Base, Edinburgh College of Art.

Other Experience


Scotsman, ECA Degree show Review.