Tuesday, October 7, 2014
|Harmony Hammond-installation view, Alexander Gray|
|Harmony Hammond - Bag XI|
|Harmony Hammond-Speaking Braids (detail)|
see explanation of this sculpture
In her interview with Lynn Hershman in 2008 she had a wonderful way of describing what she creates and why - here is part of that I have transcribed from that video interview.
Once you identify a tradition of women's work as art. . . as an artist you pull that into the work. . . . . (Bags as a symbol and iconography) Conceptually interesting to me was to go beyond symbols and iconography to the very materials and how you use them - so I'm interested in stitching - not just because it referred to women's traditional arts but because stitching is a connective process. So the notion of anything - knotting; tying; stitching - I'm interested in connecting and notions of layering and taking fragments and making them wholes. If you think about the bags and the presences you mention, those are made up out of rags; discarded fabric given to me by women friends...old sheets or whatever. And I would rip them up and recycle them into work, not only literally putting the women into my life-into my work but metaphorically taking the discarded pieces that weren't considered important as art. Or they didn't even have a function anymore, and making a whole(s)...making something out of nothing. But I also felt metaphorically, the notion of women - you know - our lives are so fragmented. And so it was a metaphor for taking the bits and pieces of our lives and constructing something whole and new and - later work, which were wrapped sculptures...they were very much built from the inside out. . . and so building out of itself.When women artists think about why they create, thinking about building out from ourselves is a very interesting way of considering that is what we are doing. What is it that is important for us to build? Why do we reach out and what is it we want to say? For example, Hammond's work, Speaking Braids (pictured above) "addresses the burden of representing those who have been repressed or culturally marginalized and the importance of voice as resistance to historical erasure."
The Importance of Voice as Resistance to Historical Erasure.
That's all I have for today. Hope you have been enjoying yours!