Water Works

Katharine Harvey: Rivière Gouffre I, 2004

Rivière Gouffre I

2004

acrylic on board

12 x 16 inches

Katharine Harvey: Rivière Gouffre II, 2004

Rivière Gouffre II

2004

acrylic on board

12 x 16 inches

Katharine Harvey: Rivière Gouffre III, 2004

Rivière Gouffre III

2004

acrylic on board

12 x 16 inches

Katharine Harvey: Rivière Gouffre IV, 2005

Rivière Gouffre IV

2005

acrylic on board

12 x 18 inches

Katharine Harvey: Rivière Gouffre V, 2005

Rivière Gouffre V

2005

acrylic on board

12 x 18 inches

Katharine Harvey: Rivière Gouffre VI, 2005

Rivière Gouffre VI

2005

acrylic on board

12 x 18 inches

Katharine Harvey: Swimming Pool I, 2004

Swimming Pool I

2004

acrylic on board

20 x 24 inches

Katharine Harvey: Swimming Pool II, 2004

Swimming Pool II

2004

acrylic on board

20 x 24 inches

Katharine Harvey: Under Waterfall I, 2005

Under Waterfall I

2005

acrylic on board

22 x 28 inches

Katharine Harvey: Under Waterfall II, 2005

Under Waterfall II

2005

acrylic on board

22 x 28 inches

Katharine Harvey: Underwater Galaxy II, 2004

Underwater Galaxy II

2004

acrylic on board

26 x 36 inches

Katharine Harvey: Underwater Galaxy III, 2005

Underwater Galaxy III

2005

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Underwater Galaxy IV, 2004

Underwater Galaxy IV

2004

acrylic on board

26 x 36 inches

Katharine Harvey: Underwater Wave, 2005

Underwater Wave

2005

acrylic on board

45 x 66 inches

Katharine Harvey: Fall I, 2005

Fall I

2005

acrylic on board

12 x 16 inches

Katharine Harvey: Fall V, 2005

Fall V

2005

acrylic on board

12 x 16 inches

Katharine Harvey: Fall VI, 2006

Fall VI

2006

acrylic on board

12 x 18 inches

Katharine Harvey: Fall VII, 2006

Fall VII

2006

acrylic on board

12 x 18 inches

Katharine Harvey: Fall VIII, 2006

Fall VIII

2006

acrylic on board

12 x 18 inches

Katharine Harvey: Above I, 2003

Above I

2003

acrylic on board

11 x 16 x 0.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Above II, 2003

Above II

2003

acrylic on board

11 x 16 x 0.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Above III, 2003

Above III

2003

acrylic on board

11 x 16 x 0.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Below I, 2003

Below I

2003

acrylic on board

11 x 16 x 0.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Below II, 2003

Below II

2003

acrylic on board

11 x 16 x 0.5 inches

Katharine Harvey: Below III, 2003

Below III

2003

acrylic on board

11 x 16 x 0.5 inches

WATER WORKS

The abstract movement of water is a constant source of enthrallment as the physical environment is transformed by its reflective properties. In this early series of marine paintings, water is portrayed in all its ambiguity: a substance at once suffocating and beautiful, sustaining and destructive.

“More than any other painter, Harvey has sought and achieved a material presence in the representation of water through her unusual application of acrylic medium,” writes Gordon Hatt, Executive Director of CAFKA in Kitchener, Ontario.

In these paintings, successive applications of up to 60 layers of acrylic paint and medium result in surfaces that approach half an inch in thickness, creating a powerful, visceral presence that emphasizes the potency of water. The physicality of the painting medium further induces the experience of submersion.