Artist

Kim Harty

In my work, I draw on my training as a glassblower to explore muscle memory, embodied cognition, and somatic knowing. In the studio, I move between experiments with materials, tracking processes, and creating performances. Often, I reference historical source material and draw inspiration from crafted objects and consider a glass object’s material memory as an .....

In my work, I draw on my training as a glassblower to explore muscle memory, embodied cognition, and somatic knowing. In the studio, I move between experiments with materials, tracking processes, and creating performances. Often, I reference historical source material and draw inspiration from crafted objects and consider a glass object’s material memory as an encapsulation of a discrete moment in time.

 

In the glass studio, I take an experimental feminist approach to glass making, which considers ways of breaking down hierarchy both in the process of glass making and in the fabrication of non-hierarchical forms. I’m curious about changing the somatic experience of the hot shop by reconfiguring space, language, tools, and roles as a way to open space for new ideas and innovations. Likewise, nature offers nonhierarchical structures like rhizomes, crystals, webs, clusters, and more that serve as starting points for glass forming. These reconfigurations provoke an expansion of the range of creative possibilities in the glass studio.

Imaging and photography are critical to my practice and connect the exploration of the body, the mechanization of object making, and techniques of tracking movement and material. My interest in glass and photography comes together as my glass practice is iterated through the lens of the camera, allowing me to freeze, slow down, and layer time to examine how the body moves through space to create objects.

I’m interested in how the female body disrupts exceptions as an object maker, image-making device, and performer. Glass blowing, hot casting, coldworking, chronophotography, video, scanner photography, and collage are all tools for exploration. Likewise, critical writing, historical research, and curatorial practice are modalities through which I explore these ideas. This interdisciplinary approach allows me to investigate the connections between the somatic experience of object making and performance, skill, imitation, and mechanization in a variety of formats.

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