A FASCINATION WITH THE UNSEEN, THE LIMINAL SPACE BETWEEN REALITY, THE MIND’S EYE, AND IMAGINATION

Earlier in my career, I was captivated by the reflectiveness and translucency of water – how its beauty and
serenity is both inviting and unknowable. Light has a similar kind of mystery to it, being both invisible and visible. There is magic in these natural elements, where one senses the universe in an associative rather than a literal way.

Artist Statement

For over 30 years, I have been fascinated by the phenomenology of colour and light. My paintings, installations, and public artworks organically inform one another as I shift between creative processes. Conceptually, I am intrigued by the imperceptible shift that happens when art transports us to another place. A painting or object can captivate the viewer as it hits their retina, but this initial attraction may soon give way to something more ambiguous and cerebral.

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Biography

Katharine Harvey’s artistic practice ranges from painting to installation and public art on a monumental scale, where she explores memory and the sensation of ephemeral, fleeting moments. At the core of her work is a fascination with the unseen, the liminal space between reality, the mind’s eye, and imagination.

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Curriculum Vitae

Harvey is currently completing two major public art commissions in 2020: a window element and mosaics for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Chester Subway Station, fabricated by Mosaika of Montreal; and hand-painted glass wall features, LED illuminated, for a Toronto residential development by Great Gulf, made by glass studio Franz Mayer of Munich.

The artist is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, Canada

and by Galerie Borchardt in Hamburg, Germany.

RECENT NEWS

Toronto Star

Blueprint” from Toronto’s past gave Katharine Harvey something to build on, Toronto Star, September 12, 2020.

Charity

Phoenix Place Apartments – 171 Dunn Avenue (at King and Dufferin Street), Toronto

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN TORONTO

Harvey has been on the Board of Directors of Parkdale United Church Foundation (PUCF) since 2007. The Foundation has 35 years of experience running a successful non-profit affordable housing apartment tower. Phoenix Place Apartments has never received rent subsidies for its residents, yet offers 146 bachelor and one-bedroom units priced well below the local market rate.

Toronto is in desperate need of more low-income housing. Our waiting list of 150 persons (four to six years long) mainly consists of new immigrants as well as “hard to house” individuals. Our organization provides supportive housing services and resources to its residents, including counselling, referral to other agencies, and a food bank.

http://www.phoenixplace.com

ARTWORKS