Harriet Schwarzrock - Transitory

Harriet Schwarzrock - Transitory

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From the exhibition Nurture.

Year: 2022

Materials: Neon, electronics, Namadagi fire cleaved granitoid

Dimensions:  200 x 385 x 175

Artist Statement: 

As a visual artist interested in biological systems and connectivity, Schwarzrock's practice has recently embraced creating neon and plasma elements. This vibrant form of illumination has developed in step with her material knowledge of glass. Drawn to glass’ ability to contain and give form to the invisible, recent explorations have embraced interactive illumination to describe the subtle electricity within our bodies.

Graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in the late 90’s, she is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. Schwarzrock has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and abroad. Assisting regularly and refining her glassblowing, through participating in masterclasses, being mentored and learning from her esteemed friends and colleagues. Whilst developing skills and inspiration for her own work. Her practice is currently based in Queanbeyan, NSW, in a home studio where she and her partner Matthew Curtis run a hot glassblowing studio.

Her work is widely collected, and she has won various awards and been selected for prestigious residencies, including Canberra Glassworks Art Group Fellowship, the Asialink Toyama residency and the ANU Procter Fellowship. Recently her public artwork ‘murmuration’ secured the ACT’s Pamille Berg; Art in Architecture award. Her illuminated plasma heart installations have been exhibited at the Canberra Glassworks, the Berengo studio; Venice, Murano and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Her practice draws upon cycles of respiration and circulation, embodied yet often invisible. Schwarzrock is magnetically drawn to the material language and plasticity of molten glass for its ability to give form to these intangible cycles. Fascinated by its ability to contain the ethereal, whilst continuing to learn about this exacting material has become a catalyst to explore interactive illumination. 


Available for shipment or collection from 25 October 2022.