Maddison Harris's artworks, called Birth and Wired Memories, were nominated for publication in the ACC's Excelencia

TALENT: Maddison Harris's artworks, called Birth and Wired Memories, were nominated for publication the ACC's Excelencia.
TALENT: Maddison Harris's artworks, called Birth and Wired Memories, were nominated for publication the ACC's Excelencia.

Australian Christian College (ACC) student Maddison Harris is now working on her Year 12 major artwork for next year's HSC. It is a project she is keen to start having attained success with her artworks completed in Year 11.

For someone who said she took on art as a subject out of interest rather than a committed passion she has shown a great deal of talent and is now looking forward to the challenge of art at the HSC level.

This year she produced two works covering birth and adolescence - both times that can be trying for anybody and the time and thought surrounding these aspects of life provided inspiration for Maddison's creative output.

Maddison's works, called 'Birth' and 'Wired Memories', were nominated for publication in Excelencia,ACC's exhibition of high-quality student work from across the country. They are now included in this student contributed academic journal . Earlier this month she presented her works at the nationwide event Excelencia Live. Her art teacher Elizabeth Griffiths said students were required to create a body of work around the concept of 'Rites of Passage'. The task stipulated that students were required to utilise both 2D and 3D forms and needed to demonstrate a sophisticated investigation into each Rite of Passage. Maddison's two photographed works depict birth and adolescence, she said.

Maddison said she based 'Birth' on her own ultrasound photos for the reference image and included the writing that was off to the side identifying the patient, my mother. "I also like the blurriness and wispy look that was produced through dry point etching and printing processes", she added.

"My second work 'Wired Memories' explores the idea of adolescence. The work focuses on my memories from when I was thirteen to where I am today and who I am. The idea of a barbed wired ball came to my mind from back during the bush fires in 2019."