June 24, 2014
The art of Mags Harries celebrates and transforms the humble object. Harries has exhibited across New England, the country, and internationally, including at The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA) and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She received a fellowship and residency from The Bogliasco Foundation, (Genoa, Italy) and attended residencies at the Baer Art Center (Hofsos, Iceland) and The American Academy (Rome, Italy). Currently, she teaches courses on sculpture, installation, and public art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
Your Name: Mags Harries
Where you live: Cambridge
Where you came from: Wales UK
Your Medium: Sculptural space
The name of your work: ‘Holding Light’
Dimensions: (Height, length, width & weight) 72”(lightpiece) 24” x 24” approx 3lbs
Price: Wholesale (how much would your work be to buy?) $5000
What made you want to participate in this project?
Without going back to the art I sent you what do you remember about it?
Water, light, a window, a dancer.
What was your first reaction to the art? (thoughts, emotions, memories, tastes, smells etc?)
Seductive and beautiful but I had nothing to hold onto.
If you had to choose one word to sum up the art I sent what would it be?
What emotion did it elicit?
What was the art about in your mind? (Did it tell a story? Paint a picture? Etc.)
What did you title your work and why?
What part of your work came to you first?
It was a much larger piece, mainly a wall piece that extended to the floor. I felt the wall piece was too labored and really enjoyed the simplicity of the floor piece so eliminated the wall elements.
I made the whole piece modular as it had to fit into a small crate.
How do you normally create? How was this experience different?
Yes, totally intuitive, not conceptually driven.
What techniques/tools did you use to help you express you’re interpretation?
No special tools.
Are there certain choices you made which mean something specific to you that the observer might not know?
Sifting of water and light.
Extra credit: Did you enjoy this project? More you want to say about your experience?
I do enjoy it now. I procrastinated and had deadlines so it seemed like another task. However I am pleased I made something that surprised me.