Q & A with Harriet Body

Q & A with Harriet Body

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by firstdraftadmin No Comments

Harriet Body is a current studio resident at firstdraft.  Harriet is an artist and all round amazing woman.  We asked her a few questions to find out more about what she will be doing during her time at firstdraft!

1 – Tell us a bit about your practice.

My practice is interdisciplinary and examines presentness within creative action which I investigate through using repetition and exploring simplicity. I’m a mark maker and I’m interested in experimenting with and using raw, unrefined and earth-based materials to make marks.

I’m also currently working in collaboration with Robert ‘Thom’ Smith. Our collaborative practice is called Thom and Angelmouse and is supported by ArtsNSW and Studio ARTISTS (an initiative of Studio ARTES) in Hornsby. We’re interested in discovering how the creative process can be a means for communication between people of differing abilities and world views. We work primarily with video and installation. You can go to our tumblr to learn more: thomandmouse.tumblr.com

2 – What are you planning to do during your time as a Firstdraft studio resident?

I am making new work for a number of shows in 2015. The first is a group show which explores ideas of text, opening in April at Sydney uni’s Verge Gallery.

The next show I’m involved in is in May at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Darwin. The show is a part of a project that I initiated in 2013 called The SYD/DRW Project which ultimately aims to promote awareness and collaboration between rural and city-based Australian artist communities. The SYD/DRW Project begins with 6 Sydney-Based artists traveling and exhibiting in Darwin and then there will with an exchange exhibition of Darwin Artists in Sydney in 2016. The Sydney artists involved are myself, Belem Lett, Stella Rosa McDonald, Sian McIntyre, Peter Nelson, and Paul Williams. For this show I’m making a ceramic based installation using found materials from my family’s fish farm in rural N.T.

At the end of May Thom and Angelmouse will have an open studio/exhibition event in Hornsby, in August I’ll be heading to Japan to do a master paper-making course, and in September I have a solo exhibition of ceramic work at Wellington St Projects.

Making all of this new work in my laundry would have been entirely impossible, so I’m very grateful to Firstdraft for having me over the next 6 months. Thank you Firstdraft!!

3 – When did you first realise you wanted to be an artist?

I’ve made art all my life, since I was a little child! And I adored art in high school. But it probably wasn’t until I was at university, doing my undergraduate at COFA, that I was convinced that this is what I was going to do.

4 – Who is your idol?

Shy Sparkles Quirk. She is one of my house mates but she doesn’t pay rent because she is a dog.