Born Melbourne VIC, 1989 Lives and works in Melbourne I Naarm
Maddison Kitching’s practice focuses on depictions of the Australian landscape and the commodification of place. His colourful paintings reference the commercial symbols, logos and shapes that we are often inundated with to draw attention to ways in which we view the landscape.
Creating paintings filled with bright saturated colours that evoke the kitsch of tourist paraphernalia and postcards, Maddison’s works highlight the arbitrary nature of how “Australian” identity has been made. He considers how the nation has marketed and commercialised the bush and questions the authenticity of our interactions with nature. Aware that Australia’s cultural narrative has hinged on its landscape – a colonial account that demands to be shifted to incorporate First Nations history and perspectives – his work draws attention to the real possibility that this landscape and its fauna may be erased altogether with current mining and industrial practices.
Over the last few years, Maddison has contributed regularly to solo and group exhibitions receiving acclaim for his works. A graduate of RMIT University, he has completed art residencies as part of the Creative Development Program at Testing Grounds (2020) and at Cowwarr Art Space, Victoria (2018).