Maria Harrison

“The spectacle is not a collection of images; rather, it is a social relationship between people that is mediated by images.” – Guy Debord, The Society of Spectacle Born and raised in Southern California, Maria Harrison, at the age of 14, started incorporating images from magazines, fashion, religious representations, and various media/current events imagery that, according to Harrison, “compile and scream an entirely idealized portrait of nature and humanity.” Harrison’s art captures the moment, the present, and the current , all sealed into one image, one feeling, one theme be it femme fatale, city/nature, pure/pollution – a reflection on contrasts. Each of Harrison’s one-of-a-kind pieces are a result of a meticulous search through various sources in order to find the right mix of signs and signifier by “arranging a scheme of accumulated identifiable visuals” that tells a story “like words in a paragraph.” In a world inundated by a constant bombardment of images, Harrison captures the essence that each and everyone one of us tries to do on a daily basis – to try and make sense of the world.