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Harriet Abbott

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I am a Glasgow-based artist with an inclination toward art writing and poetry in relation to art historical tropes and more contemporary philosophies. My work circulates around questions of language in opposition with the sentient body, writing, and object agency. Through a process of casting objects in repetition, I attempt to navigate a path in the direction of ‘the real’, with hope of experiencing true encounters with objects unclouded by the arbitrary signification of language.

The signification of language means we lack infinite emotion as we are prescribed comprehension and feelings, which frame experiences and entities. Rather than circumscribing sensation through such literal signification, I intend to fragment, dilute, and re-contextualize the knowable in order to decenter and resultantly reconfigure understanding. In an attempt to re-assign poetic language to familiar objects that have an everyday function, I tend create multiple casts of them. Not only does this make the object redundant in many cases, it changes the dialect that one holds around them.
2019 The Glasgow School of Art, First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking
2018 Short course at Glasgow University, October-December 2018
Philosophy: Existentialism: Neitzsche and Sartre.
2016 UAL Central St. Martins, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Distinction)

2019 -Best of Degree Shows 2019, Artpistol Gallery, Glasgow, UK (Upcoming)
-ARTMAZEMAG Summer Issue 13 (Curated Selection by Chris Sharp)
-Degree Show 2019, Stow College, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
-A Hard Place and a Rock, The New Glasgow Society, Glasgow, UK
-Solo Exhibition, Waterstones Gower Street, London, UK

2018 -In Vivo: Conversations, Project Space 1, The Art School, Glasgow, UK
-Something Like That, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, UK

2017 -CAHOOT, The Laurieston Arches, Glasgow, UK
-Series 2, The McLellan Galleries, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK
-Once more from the top, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, UK

2016 -Foundation Show, UAL Central St. Martins, London, UK

Published Work
2019 Fine Art Degree Show Catalogues coordination
2019 Undergraduate Dissertation: Mingled Bodies, A Philosophical meander around Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Little Sparta
2017-present Self-published creative work, and art writing on wordpress platform and instagram

2019 John Calcutt Prize for Critical Writing
MAP magazine writing residency
Glasgow School of Fine Art Dissertation Prize

Collaboration & Assistant work
2018-2019 Assistant to Glasgow based artist Ilana Halperin
2018 Collaborative study with Rebecca Gill of the bacterial colony Mycelium that led to an exhibition: In Vivo: Conversations, Project Space 1, The Art School, Glasgow, UK

Artist Blog: https://harrietabbottart.wordpress.com
Artist Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harrietabbottart/
Syntax, a path of fragments
  • Harriet Abbott
  • Syntax, a path of fragments
  • Casting
Since Antiquity
  • Harriet Abbott
  • Since Antiquity
  • Casting
Syntax, a path of fragments
  • Harriet Abbott
  • Syntax, a path of fragments
  • Casting
Syntax (Stone-carving)
  • Harriet Abbott
  • Syntax (Stone-carving)
  • Carving
The Ma(r)king of a Metaphysical Interlude
  • Harriet Abbott
  • The Ma(r)king of a Metaphysical Interlude
  • Lithograph
The Distinguished Thing
  • Harriet Abbott
  • The Distinguished Thing
  • Lithograph