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Process diary

Maddison Moloney

Xavier High School

Artwork title
A stitch in time saves nine
HSC year
Expressive form
Graphic design
Artist’s statement

Vintage clothing, furniture and music are all hitching a ride back to modern society to help fulfil our ever-elusive desire for individuality. Language missed that revival train, something I only realised from the puzzled expressions of my peers as I churned through my similes. From this a thought sprang – what if these sayings were taken literally? And this work was born, mixing literal images with the sayings of old. My old soul wants to preserve in a world too busy to learn. Using digital manipulation, I proved you can teach an old-souled dog new tricks.

Influencing artist: Marta Gola

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Collection connections

Can you recognise the sayings in Maddison Maloney’s body of work? Do they still have literal meanings or mean something more? Respond to this work and form an opinion about the relationship between text, culture and meaning.

Calligraphy is considered one of the three perfections in Chinese art alongside painting and poetry. Research the history of calligraphy and its influence on artists from different cultural backgrounds through time.