Visual artist Heather Harvey works at the overlap between objective and subjective experience. Her work often begins with straightforward material facts or scientific data as a tool to get at more ineffable experiences that are difficult to describe, document, or categorize. The title of her exhibition, The Thin Place, is a Celtic term for locations with heightened permeability, where divides between living and dead, heaven and earth, commonplace and other worldly seem to collapse and coexist. Harvey expands that historical meaning to include any transitional space or period of indeterminacy. Her studio practice includes night walks to collect trash inadvertently left by others; what she calls “urban beachcombing.” These materials, regarded by most as worthless and unsightly, are incorporated in order to draw out their inherent significance, beauty, and strangeness. This will be the first exhibition of her work within the community where most of her materials were gathered.
Harvey has exhibited at The Painting Center (NYC), the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, NUTUREart (Brooklyn, NY), the William King Museum (VA), Denise Bibro (NYC), Vanderbilt University (TN), Page Bond Gallery (VA), and Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, CA. She received the Maryland Individual Artist Award (2014, 2017), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. She was resident fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her writing has been published in Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, and NYArts. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Art + Art History at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.
August 2, 2019 - September 30, 2019
August 2, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free Docent Tours:
Wednesdays, 11 am
Last tour for this exhibit is October 2