20 May - 31 May 2014
Opening Night Tuesday 20 May 2014, 5 - 7 PM
Harriet's MFA research surrounds her exploration of 'distilled mark-making'. A term conceived by Harriet, distilled mark-making is a process of extracting the essence of a specific moment in time. The distilled mark is an organic and inevitable trace that is symptomatic of existing within time, such as a footprint, fingerprint, scar, scratch or smear. The distilled mark survives as a memorial to its own historic intrusion upon a landscape. As utilized by an artist, the distilled mark becomes a symbol which expresses the artist's body within a specific moment of creative action and thus is a memorialization of the very moment that the artist birthed her mark into existence.
Body Mark is Harriet Body's graduating MFA exhibition. It will explore the artist-made mark as memorialization of the artist's body within a past-present moment of active creation. The exhibition consists of two series-based work. The first, titled BodyMark, is a series of paintings that result from the repeated pressing of the artist's painted body onto paper.
The second work in the exhibition is titled Birth Mark. In creating this work Harriet hand- made paper from specially sourced plantfibers. On the 1st of February 2014 she began a process where, on the 1st of every month for nine months, she films one sheet of the hand-made paper for a period of 24 hours. In the Body Mark exhibition Harriet will show the first four months of this project as four video works alongside the four corresponding hand-made sheets of paper.
Image: Harriet Mark