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.

Katharine Harvey in Mayer of Munich studio 2017 of Munich

Artist Statement

For over 35 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 paintings feature rich tactile surfaces and colour effects that convey a sense of luminosity, while her sculptural practice radiates similar perceptions of shifting light and tenuousness through the use of transparent materials.

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Curriculum Vitae

Harvey recently completed two major public art commissions: a window element and mosaics for the Toronto Transit Commission’s Chester Subway Station, fabricated by Mosaika (Montreal) and Pulp Studio PIX Imaging (Los Angeles); 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 Galerie Borchardt in Hamburg, Germany.

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Charity

Phoenix Place Apartments 2020 affordable housing project

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

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