The next person I want to talk about in the list of inspiring and amazing people is Debbie Harman.
I cant remember where I met Debbie, I think it was through Blacksmith Doris.
Debbie is the artist that never stops. Judging by her output I’m not even sure she sleeps!
Debbie is an artist, a ceramicist, mosaic maker, stitcher, teacher, cartoonist, mother, tea drinker extraordinaire.
I think the first work I saw of Debbie’s was part of more art many years ago when she was obsessed with chairs and was incorporating personal text into public space. I remember a chair covered in ceramic words and a wall that had text on. I remember the word “you” written beautifully in ceramic hanging on a fence. Somehow I ended up with one (no I didn’t steal it).
Also there is a cheeky Mary Hackett work in this image.
Debbie works a lot with taking personal text into public space, she has just finished her masters of public art where she explored this further, however she also likes things that have feet.
Recently Debbie had two shows on simultaneously , One was the drawing show that I organised for this I asked Debbie to submit her work “a year of envelopes” (blog here)
This series of works is an attempt to ensure that Debbie opened her mail instead of letting it sneak away and pile up.
Its pretty impressive:
The other show that Debbie had on is massive solo show (across two spaces) called abandoned selves, which exlored the selves we leave behind and the perception of the selves we have become as we a move through our lives.
This show was amazing, Debbie had worked with her friend Annette Louise Signorini who had written some inspired by and to work with the pieces themselves. It was a lovely balance and it was also really great to have Annette talk about Debbie and her generosity of spirit which is something Debbie shares with all she meets. This was shown in the excitement of Debbies friends crowded around at the opening.
Here are a few works from the Huntclub show this show had a blind bidding system which started at $30 an artwork, it caused a stir on the opening night, fingers crossed I win the works I bid on, here are some pics!
Blog for Abandoned Selves is here
The shows are on until the 16th. you should go.
Debbie is a character who is an amazing person I’m lucky to know, here she is serenading her unimpressed dog Lucy.