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Mariel Harari
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: Words are too often used like Tupperware. We stuff all different multifaceted entities into these one-size-fits-all words and then everything is just a cylinder or rectangle. While language is an amazing tool for communicating with others I think it is relied on too heavily for internally processing complex entities such as people, sensations and experiences. As a result nuances are muted and everything becomes a little more objectified. I view home as the full awareness that comes with not needing words. It could be a place, relationship, movement, experience, or anything at all within which I can be full and pure. My work is an autobiographical juxtaposition of home and the internal language paradox. I create self portraits in the form of objects. Each piece is comprised of recurring components. I use meditative processes of crochet and collage. My muscle memory engages to create each stitch so I am not relying on analytic word based thought and am free to feel what I am doing. I make these units everywhere I go; on the train to work, at friends houses, in the park and in my bed. Each is characterized by the repetitive pattern of stitches, beads, or cut paper. I then fervently orchestrate the individual parts, relying on instinct and unadulterated aesthetic, into a larger pattern. This illustrates my routines and traits as a regularized pattern but because everything is handmade some subtleties still remain. I use rich colors and tactile surfaces to evoke a sensory response. Even seemingly solid areas are defined by cast crocheted stitches or layers of collage. Viewers are forced to imagine touching highly textured surfaces, which cannot be felt but are known to be "bumpy", "smooth" or "sharp". Each objects main shape is predetermined and challenged to neatly contain merging and clashing elements in an attempt to define the undefinable.
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  • Id Ate Me
    2012
    Cast Plastic, Beads, Felt, Nylon, Acrylic, Collage

  • Bedside Table
    2011
    Cast Iron, Yarn

  • Step Stool
    2011
    Cast Iron, Yarn, Plastic

  • List N' Love
    2012
    Beads, Pins, Collage

  • Woman Wired
    2010
    Bronze, Electrical Wire, Leather, Wood

  • The Revelation (Restrictions Unraveled)
    2011
    Yarn, Brass, Dress Form, Acrylic on Plastic

  • House vs. Home
    2010
    Mixed Media

  • Stilts
    2010
    Brass, Copper, Plastic Coated Copper

  • Armor
    2009
    Sterling Silver, Brass, Copper, Plastic Coated Copper, Black Onyx

  • Maps
    2009
    Cardboard, CD-roms, Electrical Wire, Collage, Permenant Marker

  • Act 1: The Warning
    2011
    Yarn, Radishes, Cassette Tapes, Forks, Hand Embroidered Synthetic Fabric, Plastic
 








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