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to marry it sensitively with my own controlled handwork.” Harries exploits the tactility of the materials she uses, while skillfully constraining and guiding their malleable natures with her own interventions. “I am interested in the juxtaposition of materials – wire, thread, iron, concrete and felt – and in the contrast of strong and delicate, soft and hard elements in this building process.” She adds, “They are an investigation of intimate coexistence, balance and harmony.” Harries is one of the founding members of Fibre Art Wales, whose members demonstrated the breadth of contemporary textile practice when showed together in Transience. The group has an ethos of support which she embraces, and she finds creative sustenance in the collective of like-minded makers: “In forming Fibre Art Wales, the group was committed to raising the profile of Welsh contemporary Fibre Art. Our work is very diverse in technique and together gives a strong voice, affording many opportunities to exhibit at home and abroad; promoting artists individually as well as the group.” With this strong body of dark objects, which reveal complex layerings of meaning in their detail, Harries challenges the notion of textiles as a soft art form. —CCQ

ruthharries.co.uk Ruth Harries’ work will be shown as part of Made By Hand in Cardiff from 29 October - 1 November 2015 Transience was at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff makersguildinwales.org.uk. Read our review of the exhibition online ccqmagazine.com

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Venice Biennale interviews: herman de vries, Katerina Gregos, Song Dong, Sean Lynch. As well as conversations with Laura Ford, Sammy Baloji,...

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Venice Biennale interviews: herman de vries, Katerina Gregos, Song Dong, Sean Lynch. As well as conversations with Laura Ford, Sammy Baloji,...