Harriet Bowman: Artist’s Talk
Sat 17 Jun 2023
Free | Booking Essential
Join the artist Harriet Bowman as she discusses the exhibition and her wider practice in conversation with writer Daisy Hildyard and Phoenix Gallery Curator Matt Burrows. This talk is free, but booking is essential. The artist’s talk will take place in our cinema Studio 74.
Maybe they had an urgent call is an exhibition of new work in sculpture, photography and text by Bristol-based artist Harriet Bowman.
The exhibition unfolds through motifs of collision, slippage and rupture, a layering and juxtaposing a range of materials that include ceramic, metal, glass and rubber. Throughout the exhibition, Bowman pushes her materials to the edge of their capabilities, repurposing and transforming them to explore their cyclical, often hidden relationships to each other.
The exhibition’s title speculates on the motives of two men, encountered once while visiting a classic car show, who abruptly left their café table when the artist began breastfeeding her child. Bowman’s photographs, taken on the same day, act as a departure point for engagement with her interest in the fallibility of the body and its vulnerability to chance, accident and collision.