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Everyday Joy is the name I use for my artist books and selected other work. My artwork examines the minutiae of everyday life, capturing the ephemeral and celebrating the ordinary.
Kelly Harcus' Artist Statement
Through my work, I seek to find the extraordinary in everyday life. My artist books examine single moments trapped in time: views of the underground recorded on the day’s free newspaper; seeds, leaves and blooms of spring fixed alongside words describing similarly ephemeral concepts such as dreams, hope or tears.
My background is firmly rooted in craft and much of my inspiration comes from the feel and texture of my materials. For me, artist books are the perfect joining of art and craft, allowing me to celebrate the book as object as well as creating the content. It is a form that I fell in love with on first meeting. It has seemed a natural transition for my work, and one that has been well received.
While my artist books form the main part of my work, the inspiration behind them takes time to percolate. Photography and pen drawings form the greatest part of my daily practice. I believe that art allows us to look again at the world around us. I try to observe from different perspectives: to portray the wider view, to look at the underside, to capture the detail. I believe strongly in the importance of visual journaling, not just as an artist, but as a person trying to live the fullest life possible.