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Harris, Penny Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of the Arts, English and Media
  • Contemporary Arts Discipline Leader - University of Wollongong 2016 - 2019

Overview


Penny Harris  is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and teaches into the Visual Arts program. Her creative practice and research is grounded in metal casting and material mimicry. She casts found objects and petrifies them using a lost wax casting process and has adapted a bricolage construction technique to assemble the objects once cast. Her practice is underpinned by an interest in visual poetic narrative including archaeological histories and objects interpreted through cast textiles and found objects as project based wall installation. Penny uses the sculptural objects to construct a fragmented poetic wall story that re-interprets the narrative strategies developed by the postmodern novelists. She exhibits in Canada and Australia.

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2016 Writing poetry for the Miners of El Cobre

Research Overview


  • The major focus of my current research is an exhibition of sculpture. This work is installation-based and works with found and constructed objects and cast bronze found industrial objects. The work is titled "Doubt's Passion" and references a narrative by the German writer Gunter Grass titled "From the Diary of a Snail". The text poetically explores Doubt's search for a cure for melancholia he believes lies with snails. The installation poetically recreates Doubt's work space and plays with the notion of a laboratory which references early medical experiments in the late 19th and early 20th century. I have an interest in a poetic language that can be expressed with objects and defined within a space.

    I have an interest in working across disciplines and developing collaborative links with sound artists and have worked on collaborative sound/installation projects, including one with Houston Dunleavy entitled titled "The Laboratory of Sound." The project explores the relationship between sound and objects and the space they hold. The title and project references work by artists working in the early 20th Century with the Russian Avant Garde. I constructed large sculptural objects from industrial refuse and also worked with industrial objects which were cast in bronze.

Selected Publications


  • Curatorial Work

    Year Title
    2007

    Date of Exhibition
    5 February to 5 March
    Publisher
    Curated group exhibition at Studio Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts - Artwork In A Group Exhibition

    Year Title
    2008

    Venue
    Artwork exhibited in the Wollongong City Gallery "30th Anniversary Exhibition."
    Date of Exhibition
    4 December 2008 to 15 March 2009
    2007

    Venue
    Group exhibition at Studio Art Gallery, Capilano College
    Date of Exhibition
    5 February to 5 March
  • Visual Arts - Solo Exhibition

    Year Title
    2018

    Venue
    Gallery Art Mur, Montreal, Canada
    Date of Exhibition
    17th January - 24th February
    2016

    Venue
    Wollongong Art Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    13 May - 17 July, 2016
    Publisher
    Wollongong Art Gallery
    2014

    Venue
    Academy of Art, Holguin, Cuba
    Date of Exhibition
    2-8th May
    2014

    Venue
    Gallery Art Mur
    Date of Exhibition
    April 23rd-May 13th
    2010

    Venue
    Cinemarti Gallery Space
    Date of Exhibition
    2 to 8 May
    2010

    Venue
    Galerie Art Mur
    Date of Exhibition
    13 May to 22 May
    2009

    Venue
    Galerie Art Mur
    Date of Exhibition
    7 to 26 May
    Publisher
    Art Mur
    2009

    Venue
    Solo exhibition - Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks Street
    Date of Exhibition
    17 to 22 November
    2008

    Venue
    Solo exhibition at The Depot Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    29 July to 2 August
    2007

    Venue
    Solo exhibition at Depot II Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    1 to 5 May
    2007

    Venue
    Duo exhibition featuring sculptural works by Penny Harris and sound installation by Houston Dunleavy - China Heights Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    February

Impact Story


  • Children today are, more than ever before, likely to interact with family and community members living with a dementia. These occurrences are more likely to happen as the population ages, with over 900,000 Australians expected to be living with dementia by 2050 (Deloitte Access Economics, 2011). Project DARE developed a short education intervention for Stage 2 (ages 8 - 11 years) at a local pubic school. It utilised art as a medium for children to express their knowledge and perception of dementia. The children were introduced to the talents of local artists who spent two full days working with the children at the school and teaching them new visual art techniques and histories. In between the two art lessons the children received a lesson on dementia.<br /><br />The children presented as surprised, excited and proud to learn new art skills and to see the results of their works. The project made children aware of the issue of dementia so that they can better understand people in our community who live with a dementia. In turn, Project DARE, in its stages of infancy, has started a small but powerful wave of change in our community... children who better understand dementia, who are more open to relating to those who have dementia, creating a more caring, understanding and humanistic relationship with those around us who need our care and compassion. It is this kind of impact that we can only hope will grow, as this project grows both in Australia around the globe.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Visual Arts with a focus on Installation, sculpture and casting

    I have an ongoing interest in extending bronze casting techniques into areas not conventionally used by metal casters with a particular focus on cast found objects and found material. 
    I have also an ongoing interest in collaborations with sound artists which I expect will develop further.

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy the interrelationship between place, migration, and the uncanny: exploring the duality of the migrant identity and narrative through a phenomenological lens with in the visual Arts
    Master of Philosophy Contemporary Iranian Artists and Censorship Ghasri Khouzani, Nasibeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Bite Back the Neo Liberal Institution!: Tales of Subversive Monsters and the Institutions of Horror they Haunt Tahiri, Desiree
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Sick Planet Theory: A Crip Manifesto for an Imagined Future Lang, Sam
    Doctor of Creative Arts THE BROKENNESS OF THINGS: Longing and Embodied gestures of repair in contemporary art Larkin, Anita

Keywords


  • Visual Arts, Bronze casting, sculpture, installation

Full Name


  • Dr Penelope Jane Harris

Mailing Address


  • Post office box 13

    Jamberoo

    NSW

    2533

    Australia

  • Post office box 13

    Jamberoo

    NSW

    2533

    Australia

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2016 Writing poetry for the Miners of El Cobre

Research Overview


  • The major focus of my current research is an exhibition of sculpture. This work is installation-based and works with found and constructed objects and cast bronze found industrial objects. The work is titled "Doubt's Passion" and references a narrative by the German writer Gunter Grass titled "From the Diary of a Snail". The text poetically explores Doubt's search for a cure for melancholia he believes lies with snails. The installation poetically recreates Doubt's work space and plays with the notion of a laboratory which references early medical experiments in the late 19th and early 20th century. I have an interest in a poetic language that can be expressed with objects and defined within a space.

    I have an interest in working across disciplines and developing collaborative links with sound artists and have worked on collaborative sound/installation projects, including one with Houston Dunleavy entitled titled "The Laboratory of Sound." The project explores the relationship between sound and objects and the space they hold. The title and project references work by artists working in the early 20th Century with the Russian Avant Garde. I constructed large sculptural objects from industrial refuse and also worked with industrial objects which were cast in bronze.

Selected Publications


  • Curatorial Work

    Year Title
    2007

    Date of Exhibition
    5 February to 5 March
    Publisher
    Curated group exhibition at Studio Art Gallery
  • Visual Arts - Artwork In A Group Exhibition

    Year Title
    2008

    Venue
    Artwork exhibited in the Wollongong City Gallery "30th Anniversary Exhibition."
    Date of Exhibition
    4 December 2008 to 15 March 2009
    2007

    Venue
    Group exhibition at Studio Art Gallery, Capilano College
    Date of Exhibition
    5 February to 5 March
  • Visual Arts - Solo Exhibition

    Year Title
    2018

    Venue
    Gallery Art Mur, Montreal, Canada
    Date of Exhibition
    17th January - 24th February
    2016

    Venue
    Wollongong Art Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    13 May - 17 July, 2016
    Publisher
    Wollongong Art Gallery
    2014

    Venue
    Academy of Art, Holguin, Cuba
    Date of Exhibition
    2-8th May
    2014

    Venue
    Gallery Art Mur
    Date of Exhibition
    April 23rd-May 13th
    2010

    Venue
    Cinemarti Gallery Space
    Date of Exhibition
    2 to 8 May
    2010

    Venue
    Galerie Art Mur
    Date of Exhibition
    13 May to 22 May
    2009

    Venue
    Galerie Art Mur
    Date of Exhibition
    7 to 26 May
    Publisher
    Art Mur
    2009

    Venue
    Solo exhibition - Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks Street
    Date of Exhibition
    17 to 22 November
    2008

    Venue
    Solo exhibition at The Depot Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    29 July to 2 August
    2007

    Venue
    Solo exhibition at Depot II Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    1 to 5 May
    2007

    Venue
    Duo exhibition featuring sculptural works by Penny Harris and sound installation by Houston Dunleavy - China Heights Gallery
    Date of Exhibition
    February

Impact Story


  • Children today are, more than ever before, likely to interact with family and community members living with a dementia. These occurrences are more likely to happen as the population ages, with over 900,000 Australians expected to be living with dementia by 2050 (Deloitte Access Economics, 2011). Project DARE developed a short education intervention for Stage 2 (ages 8 - 11 years) at a local pubic school. It utilised art as a medium for children to express their knowledge and perception of dementia. The children were introduced to the talents of local artists who spent two full days working with the children at the school and teaching them new visual art techniques and histories. In between the two art lessons the children received a lesson on dementia.<br /><br />The children presented as surprised, excited and proud to learn new art skills and to see the results of their works. The project made children aware of the issue of dementia so that they can better understand people in our community who live with a dementia. In turn, Project DARE, in its stages of infancy, has started a small but powerful wave of change in our community... children who better understand dementia, who are more open to relating to those who have dementia, creating a more caring, understanding and humanistic relationship with those around us who need our care and compassion. It is this kind of impact that we can only hope will grow, as this project grows both in Australia around the globe.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Visual Arts with a focus on Installation, sculpture and casting

    I have an ongoing interest in extending bronze casting techniques into areas not conventionally used by metal casters with a particular focus on cast found objects and found material. 
    I have also an ongoing interest in collaborations with sound artists which I expect will develop further.

Teaching Activities


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy the interrelationship between place, migration, and the uncanny: exploring the duality of the migrant identity and narrative through a phenomenological lens with in the visual Arts
    Master of Philosophy Contemporary Iranian Artists and Censorship Ghasri Khouzani, Nasibeh
    Doctor of Philosophy Bite Back the Neo Liberal Institution!: Tales of Subversive Monsters and the Institutions of Horror they Haunt Tahiri, Desiree
    Master of Philosophy -LHA Sick Planet Theory: A Crip Manifesto for an Imagined Future Lang, Sam
    Doctor of Creative Arts THE BROKENNESS OF THINGS: Longing and Embodied gestures of repair in contemporary art Larkin, Anita

Keywords


  • Visual Arts, Bronze casting, sculpture, installation

Full Name


  • Dr Penelope Jane Harris

Mailing Address


  • Post office box 13

    Jamberoo

    NSW

    2533

    Australia

  • Post office box 13

    Jamberoo

    NSW

    2533

    Australia

Geographic Focus