Room For Everybody, 2019
Room For Everybody, 2019, Acrylic and polyester thread and gesso on linen on panel, 24 x 18 inches.
Kate Harding –Field Experiments in A Long and Short Time Comin: Seeing It Through/Seeing Through It–
September 20th to November 2, 2019.
3A Gallery, 629 East 6th Street #1, New York, NY 10009
In this solo exhibition with 3A Gallery, an installation of works were shown that resulted from of an intensive period of exploration integrating drawing, painting, and digital embroidery on draped and sewn linen. With an early background in garment construction, Harding’s practice developed to include documenting structured and performative “field experiments” using her body as a tool of measure and site of projection. This primarily video documentation, would be mined for data to be used in creating discrete objects and environments. The first question was, “Does my twang and way of speaking have a relation to land/terrain of my upbringing that I consider part of my family?” After admitting that at the heart of that question was her feeling of a sharedness of language and intersubjective perception amongst more than human entities within this familial landscape, it became a hope to make work that could facilitate a sharedness or conversation across divides of the human variety. Harding’s work considers terrain’s intersection with speech and movement, inviting consideration of embodied communication and ways of knowing and memory. Interdisciplinary in material and approach, Harding's background in garment design and construction continues to provide a metaphoric structure to her work, as does research in science, history, critical philosophy, folklore and the colloquial phrase.