Artist: Kim Harty
Title: Concha Series (1-5)
Approx: 8" x 5" x 4" ea.
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 experimentation with materials, tracking the body, and creating performances. I reference historical source material and draw inspiration from crafted objects. For me, a glass object’s material memory encapsulates a discrete moment in time.
I take an experimental feminist approach to glass making in order to consider ways of breaking down hierarchy. 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. Formally, I explore nonhierarchical structures like rhizomes, crystals, webs, clusters and more that serve as starting points for glass forming. These reconfigurations provoke an expansion of the creative possibilities in the glass studio.
These potentials are realized through imaging and photography, the techniques I use to track gestures of making. My interest in glass and photography come 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 viewers’ expectations are disrupted as the female body becomes an object maker, an image making device, and a performer.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
CCS Associate Professor + Section Lead of Glass
Kim Harty is Section Lead and Associate Professor of Glass at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. Harty is an artist and scholar whose work investigates the connection between craft and performance through sculpture, installation, video, and performance. She is heavily informed by her training as a glassblower and is interested in undoing traditional methods of making and investigating how materials can confound their expected function.