Judith Le Harivel
Judith Le Harivel
What inspires your art practice?
I love working with my hands, using different media to bring alternative perspectives to my work, in particular cast glass, ceramics and textiles. A love of gardening, natural and organic forms influence my work.I am attracted to the idea of metamorphosis and spiritual links between flora, fauna and human worlds, as in nature deities or spirits. I have interpreted this concept in various media.
I am drawn to work that is emotive.
The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi,
a beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete appeals to me.
What materials do you work in?
I work mostly in glass and also ceramics and textiles.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
When Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale was televised, the novel still resonated with its audience, 30 years since publication. I began to reflect on how much women’s status has really changed in that time.
Today, we talk openly about previously taboo issues, but have difficulty making societal change; we value gender equality but interpret it patchily in everyday life.
The Handmaid captures this inconsistency. She looks down on you from behind a screen, imposing but fragile as the glass. She can see, but can’t be heard. She is a reminder to be vigilant – hard won changes can be quickly lost.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
My work is currently available at local galleries in the Wellington region, including Artel and the Mahara Gallery. I also exhibit at annual/biennial exhibitions such as Kapiti Arts Review, Wellington Arts Review, The Royal Easter Show, The NZ Arts Show and NZFA.
Where did you study?
I qualified as an architect in the UK, in later life returning to art studies at The Learning Connexion in Lower Hutt and have completed various workshops in glass making.