H E A T H E R H A R V E Y

Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew, Selection from larger ongoing series
2012-13 (ongoing)
5 x 5.5 inches each

This ongoing project incorporates gleanings from daily walks through the streets and pathways near my home. I stay alert for unassuming but compelling artifacts inadvertently discarded by people, and altered by weather, traffic, time, and other incidental forces. The process is akin to urban beach-combing. Surprisingly, each walk yields new, often mysteriously unidentifiable objects not there the day previous. These accumulated fragments point to the strangeness of things that can’t quite be named and whose original uses are not immediately apparent. Dislocated from their native settings the bits and pieces allude to some overarching yet elusive meaning.

The project is inherently gendered and performative. Objects are typically collected during solitary night walks. Interactions with bystanders become an important conceptual off-shoot. These unmediated interactions suggest the perception that there is something unusual, perhaps even suspect, about meandering alone and without pragmatic purpose. The walking becomes a way to reclaim freedom, favor unstructured non-linear thought over pragmatic productivity, and expand on notions of studio practice, collaboration, and intentionality.

The “Solid Objects” of the title comes from Virginia Woolf’s short story in which her protagonist abandons worldly ambition in search of beautiful but apparently worthless objects. The “Wandering Clew” references the fable of a wandering outsider; lacking a home-base or familiar anchor, even commonplace things become uncanny, de-familiarized, and laden with potential significance.

Rules for assemblages:
-Only objects made or altered by humans are collected, no entirely natural materials.
-Only fragments of things, or things that can not be clearly identified.
-Objects must remain unaltered from how they were found.
-Only objects found on the same day can be incorporated into a single work.
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

Weed whacker trimming cord, fragment of bottle cap, small battery, unidentified green object
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

cigar, electrical tape
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

Two foil forms
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

ketchup packet, tarred gravel
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

cardboard, pregnancy test, roofing material
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

unidentified brown paper packet
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

handwritten note, yellow barrette
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

Cupcake remnants
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

battery, brown paper towel, cell phone fragment
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

car engine hose, unidentified metal
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

unidentified pulp paper
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

paper warning label
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

goldfish crackers, school dismissal form, cheez-it cracker
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

car hose part (?), squashed chewed gum
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

coffee sleeve, metallic sticker
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

discarded unidentified wood fragment, partial tool instructions manual
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

squashed cigarette butt, plastic strip, unidentified metal coil
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

post it note message, plastic pull-off strip from bottle, unidentified black plastic
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

fiberglass, travel time chart
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

blue tag, plastic fragment, metal tin fragment
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

balloons and styrofoam
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

pull off tin can top
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

pencil, black plastic binding strap
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

ketchup packets, napkin, paper pulp
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

mangled can
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

plant pot, corn
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

rubber band, pink plastic tinsel, metal watch backing (?)
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

Blue wax, pvc pipe fragment
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

hangnail trimmer, white rubber eraser, unidentified iron object
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

reflective stickers, wood cut at angle
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

folded brown paper towel, stamp
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

two cut plugs, found on same walk
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

weedwhacker trimmer line, two gravel pebbles, stick run over by car
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

gold ribbon
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

square shaped used chewing gum, glass fragment
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

unidentified brown paper
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

blank white paper card, green plastic ball, chewed by dog (?)
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

roof slate fragment
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

plastic interior sealer for soda bottle, unidentified clear plastic
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

crushed twig
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Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

weathered tissue
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

unidentified iron fragment, yellow paper, squashed tweezers
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

styrofoam, gum wrapper
H E A T H E R    H A R V E Y Solid Objects and The Wandering Clew
Solid Objects and the Wandering Clew
2012-13 (ongoing)

rubber band, bandage