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Catherine Jane Harrison



I am inspired by history, decay, cycles, nature, meaning and symbolism and these themes are referenced in my work. The practical and physiological aspects of alchemy fascinate me, how a variety of metals can be changed and manipulated through various corrosive chemicals and forces as well as the search for emotional balance and wholeness. Another interest is the classic elements and their associations with alchemy. The elements are everywhere. In the natural environment, they go unnoticed, unthought of. Through my work earth, air, fire and water are highlighted to remind us of their presence and constant effect on everything around us. Changing metal that would be normally used for domestic and industrial purposes, into a state of decay and corrosion allows a dramatic and visual transformation to occur. The drawings show my obsession with the components of alchemy; how metals are made and what is blind to the naked eye. These drawing have been influenced by studying various metals under a microscope and observing the lines and shapes which then translate into these abstract forms. 
My work also explores old, discarded metal objects that are themselves traces of what has already lived and is now in a state of decay. Whether these objects are found, new, old or used, they already come with associated meanings. I want to transform their meaning through various processes and present them differently thus reinforcing their themes or alternative purposes. Education 2011 Foundation Degree in Fine Art 2010 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design 2005 BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies with Marketing Awards Best British Student Artist July 2012 'My Place on The Isle, Exploring Faith & Identity' Mica Gallery Group Exhibitions 2013 ‘Flesh’ 22nd- 29th May, The Crypt Gallery, Euston, London 2012 ‘Showcase Cities’ November, Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London 2012 'My Place on The Isle, Exploring Faith & Identity' 30th July - 8th September, Mica Gallery, Sloane Square, London 2012 ‘Social Morphologies’ 5th March - 30th March, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare, UK 2011 ‘TAR ART’ The Open Gallery, Liverpool 2011 ‘TAR ART’ Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool

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