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Artist Statement: Rowena Harris’ practice is situated in the porousness between bodymind, matter, and technology. She consider this a fluid space of forces that flow beyond any glossy device we might hold in our hands – a relation no longer limited to what is visible and physical. Working between, sculpture, film and writing, it is often the physical material reality of matter that offers Harris the space to test and explore how we come to sense and make sense of being porous with the world. Within this, and through her research-based approach, she explores moments of impact and difficulty for individual sensing, perceiving, and thinking bodies in the world.

Harris’ sculptural work speaks to sensory sensitivities and attentive states – of human sensibilities that might be in conflict with forces from a techno-logical world. Through her careful, restrained, and deliberate editing and material choices, her work unfolds in a process of slow reveal, pointing outwards towards viewing bodies in space. Her work comes together as an interpolation of elements, layers, relations, and as moments of both experience, representation and a perceptual awry. 

Bio: Rowena Harris b. Norfolk, UK, 1985, is a London based artist and art researcher. She is currently a CHASE funded practice based PhD candidate at Goldsmith’s College. Her research project focuses on articulated a what has been described as a ‘force of affect’, circulating as a form datalogical logic, that seeps through unconscious and sensory knowledges. She is exploring this alongside in interest in sensory sensibilities, attentive states, and a medical condition known as sensory overload, within a disabilities studies and feminist posthumanist approach.