Recent Work > Rising Waters

Flood
Yarn, spools, boots, paint
2015
Flood
Boots, yarn, spools, paint
2015
Acqua Alta
3D printed edition 1/5
4" x 3" x 2"
2015
Water Rising
3D printed edition 1/5
4" x 2" x 3"
2015
At A Pinch
3D printed edition 1/5
3" x 2" x 2"
2015
Welcome Aboard
cinder block, cork life ring, rope, canvas
30" life ring, 6' height
2015
Welcome Aboard
Cork life ring, rope, canvas, cinder blocks
2015
Welcome Aboard
Cork life ring, rope, canvas, cinder blocks
2015
Salt of the Earth
Salt, wax, rope, fabric
2015
Global Tilt
Life ring, gel transfer print, resin
2015
Global Tilt
Life ring, gel transfer print, resin
2015
Glacial Melt II
Plastic
2015
Glacial Melt II
Plastic
2015
Glacial Melt III
Plastic
2015
Rising Water
Water, rope, bags, boots, hardware
2015
Rising Water
Water, rope, bags, boots, hardware
2015
Temporary Fix
plastic, rope
2014
Temporary Fix
Plastic, rope
2015
Little Earth
Mixed media
8" x 4" x 4"
2015
Earth Unfolding
mixed media
6" x 4" x 4"
2015
Optimist And The Pessimist
Viewer and video edition 1/5
2013
Repeel
Viewer and video edition 1/5
2013
Optimist And The Pessimist
Viewer and video edition 1/5
2013

Harries references the dilemma of Rising Waters and our inability to grasp it. Harries, who is noted for her public art nationally and internationally, is investigating personal objects of futility.

Twice in her life, Harries has found life ring buoys in dumpsters. One at a dumpster on the banks of the river Thames, one at the Blithewold Arboretum in Rhode Island; both were deteriorated and deemed useless. Harries explains, “Carrying the life ring in London, into the subway and over the bridges for a day was an amazing experience. People kept reassuring me that the subways never flooded, the Thames was under control and I was being overly cautious. Despite the humor in these encounters that happened about 25 years ago, these threats are becoming a reality.”

Through simple placement, materials and scale, Harries creates a darker side to these objects that reflects the new reality of global warming. In her public art practice with Lajos Héder, many of the award winning projects are based on water, and often reflect on environmental issues. In the Boston Sculptors Gallery show, Harries imbues objects with the powerful presence of water.

Photo credits: Kathy Chapman