Originally from Louisiana, Ms. Lawler currently resides in New Mexico’s mountains in the USA. She also lived and worked in New York City for 20 years. Universities attended were Louisiana State University/Baton Rouge, LA (BFA degree in sculpture), Parson’s/NYC, and New York University/NYC. Harriette has founded/directed two non-profit artists’ cooperatives: Matters of the Art in Baton Rouge/New Orleans and currently Art Jemez in New Mexico. In addition to originating the concepts and coordinating the events for those groups, she curated their exhibits. Working as an independent curator outside NM, her latest project was the international show “Corrections” in San Francisco in 2009 with associate Frank Ettenberg of Vienna. Her magazine work in design includes Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Popular Mechanics, winning several American Design awards.
Harriette’s work relates to the changing mental, spiritual, and emotional landscapes that we traverse in life. Spaces are defined to convey a particular realm of existence, quest, moment in time, or saga. Pieces are often cut from one flat sheet of metal, torched, and then the sculpture pulled out into a 3D work. This process produces a fluid and often musical quality, which transforms the metal’s natural rigidity. Most works represent passages through hardships or transitions. Such images as doorways, ladders, and windows are often utilized. However, in some work, the calmness and harmony achieved after these difficult transits are expressed. In particular, her Arcs/Restrung Bows series portray that “aftermath.” Inspired by her late Indian (Native American) father’s old hunting bow, which hangs in her studio, these works are “bows” that have been reshaped and restrung in unorthodox fashion to “play” visual songs