Rebecca D. HarrisArtist, Teacher, Researcher
The body is my obsession; in particular how it is perceived both medically and socially. This fascination starts with my own physical and psychological experiences in the social and medical worlds. I am interested in how it can be discerned by what cannot be seen. Socially, for example, how a fat body is a conduit to assumptions made of that person’s history and behaviour, and medically, how we can explore what science brings to our attention that is not possible through the naked eye. Collectively, the social may lead to biomedical interventions to alter the body, for example weight-loss and cosmetic surgeries, and how knowledge gained from science about the body alters and impacts on the way we ‘see it’. My artworks, be it drawings, sculpture or textiles, play with the visible and invisible, and the inside and outside of the body. Often, there is an amalgamation, or rather juxtaposition, of hard ‘man’ made objects with soft ‘female’ crafts and objects.
|Location||Launceston, South West|
|Activities||Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Workshops|
|Artforms / type of project||Drawing, Research, Sculpture, Textiles|
|Tags||obesity, fat, soft sculpture, affect, comedy, funny, textiles, sewing, fabric, body, visceral|
News & Events
The Human Microbiome Commission
I have been commissioned to create a new work for the Eden Project's new exhibition, The Human Microbiome, funded by the Wellcome Trust, opening in April 2015.