Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon research student Bridget Harvey will be exhibiting at Bridport Arts Centre between 5 March – 16 April 2016 in a show called ‘Mending Revealed’ curated by Jacy Wall. Artists Louise Baker, Jenni Dutton, Lisa Earley, Simon Hitchens, Guy Martin and Paul Scott are also all involved in the exhibition.
Bridget will be exhibiting a series of repaired ceramics, continuing from work exhibited in ‘The Department of Repair’, an exhibition which she co-curated at Camberwell Space last year. She has spent the last three years researching repair-making as a material and social action, and uses these ceramics to record her thought processes and experiment with old and new techniques and materials. About her exhibit she says:
“In The Craftsman, Richard Sennett suggests that ‘a model is a proposal rather than a command. Its excellence can stimulate us, not to imitate but to innovate.’ (2009, p101) Through the creation of repair models, I propose ways of approaching repair and repairing, sometimes functionally, sometimes not. My repaired or remade objects are considered but not excellent per say, through my work I have rendered many of them not-excellent, possibly even anti-functional. My mends are idiosyncratic – some verge on idiotic – they do not make the object typically useful again.
When I hang my work on a wall in a gallery, I am aware of the difference to using them to eat from, and am aware of their potential position as an aesthetic stance only, whatever my intention. These plates and their mends are actuals and potentials, stories and ideas. Stimulation is their aim: to act as provocateur or goad, questioning us questioning them.”
Bridget studied on the MA Designer Maker course here at Camberwell and graduated in 2013. Since leaving the college she has taken part in multiple residencies and exhibitions, she also works closely with our MA Designer Maker course staff, holding workshops and sessions with current students.