Artist: Kimberley Harding
Title: A Walk by the River
Attribution: A Walk by the River (2019) Kimberley Harding
Materials: Dyed flat oval, round and oval oval reed, wood stretchers, waxed thread.
Dimensions: 52"h x 35" w x 8"d
Image Statement: As part of a five-person group of Surface Design Association members, I created A Walk by the River for an exhibit of touchable art at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Unified in theme (“Out for a Walk”) and colors, each of the five pieces were created using different fiber techniques and materials. The exhibit was created in cooperation with the Perkins School for the Blind, which is located down the street from the Mosesian. This work expresses my love of nature using basketry techniques and materials. I’m always happiest when surrounded by trees near a body of water, preferably in the mountains. I was excited to make something that was intended to be touched, something that is usually forbidden for works of art. I like to inspire the desire to touch in my work. The visual-only arts limit the experience of the audience.