Artwork

82 Gower St, London

Current Installation of Lithography and Etching Prints from 2017 in Dillon’s Coffee Waterstones in Bloomsbury, London.

 

 

Harriet Abbott is a Fine Art graduate from The Glasgow School of Art with an inclination toward art writing and poetry in relation to art historical tropes and more contemporary philosophies. Her work circulates around questions of language in opposition with the sentient body, writing, and object agency.

The signification of language means we lack infinite emotion as we are prescribed comprehension and feelings, which frame experiences and entities. Rather than circumscribing sensation through such literal signification, Harriet intends to fragment, dilute, and re-contextualize the knowable in order to decenter and resultantly reconfigure understanding.

A self-effacing record of transitional time, this body of work is made up of a series of ‘basic research’ lithography and etching prints. A repetitive abstraction of found imagery, the work perpetually erases its own history, becoming geological forms reminiscent of the earth.

A Blue Rinse

Poetry rinses language of signification.

Poetry, philosophically understood, is a fragment of prose.

A fragment of its larger linguistic environment: prose.

Poetry gives a kind of blue rinse to the language.

And to objects,

diluting individuation.

One moves directly into the realm of colour.

Since Antiquity

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Since antiquity the colour blue has been associated with wisdom, moral philosophy and truth. An instrument of revelation and a gateway to the soul: the sixth and common sense. We remark on its physical presence.

Yet what does the word blue mean? When asked such a question, our seeing eye can point towards things that have this colour

are this colour.

But that’s all we can do

Our ability to explain the meaning of the word blue can go no further. Blueness is positively what it is

absolute.