Hannah Rose Carroll Harris is an emerging Australian artist, who uses natural and non-natural materials to assemble ‘hybrid’ ecosystems. Carroll Harris’s work responds to the Anthropocene and challenges faced by science, the arts and society as we grapple with uncertain environmental futures.
Carroll Harris’s statement on Your Other Half is below:
“Your Other Half is an exploration of our relation to the natural world in an age of ecological despair. Combining stone collected from a residency in far western New South Wales and paraffin wax, the work blurs our comprehension of what we know to be natural and of our current ecologies. The hybrid pieces chart my interactions with the natural world, mapping an affinity with the uniquely Australian landscape. However, the synthetic interruptions that quietly disturb the stone suggest disorder, that perhaps there is something out of balance.
Drawing on the history contained within the stone, the work plays on concepts of time. The natural elements reflect our shared past, the synthetic project a possible future. One where we have affected nature to such an extent that we have marked our time here in strata, in the geology of the earth. Your Other Half is a suggestion of a future prototype for nature, but it is also a reminder that we cannot be extracted from the world around us. That nature is our other half.”
I am drawn to Carroll Harris’s pieces because they cause me to reflect on the nature of the materials we study in geomorphology, and the potential ‘new’ materials and process interactions that geomorphology may need to deal with in the future. As prototypes for new anthro-environmental assemblages, these works suggest an Anthropocene of increasing coupling of humans with nature, rather than separation.
Works from Your Other Half are featured in a current group exhibition at Wellington St Projects in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition is called Thing in itself and is open until 10th September 2017. You can see more from Hannah Rose Carroll Harris on her website or on instagram.
[Posted by Simon Mould, 5th September 2017]