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"Gallina Goddesses"

Kimberly Harris


This work is inspired by the architecture and the layers of pattern and detail in the city. The piazzas are filled with monuments and tributes to people and events of the past.  The buildings are embellished with gods, goddesses, deities, angels and all kinds of details to signify their importance. I wanted this body of work to be a series of maquettes that explored the idea of the monument. I used architectural elements to create the forms for my chicken goddesses.  I enjoy a little humor and thought that my goddesses would take on the form of the chicken. I find it more amusing and satisfying to make my tributes to the chicken.  


I like to combine elements of the old and the new. I was inspired by the primitive mark making of the ancient Etruscan pottery and the newer more modern Memphis movement in Italy in the 1960’s. The mark making and patterns are a combination of both influences. I like the work to have a more primitive visual but with a modern twist. This work is a precursor to larger scale work to be developed. It is an exploration in form and pattern.


I am here in Rome from Phoenix, Arizona to explore my passion for clay and architecture. I work not only in clay but I am also a painter in watercolor and an architect by training. Rome is the ultimate architecture city! The city is is amazingly inspiring in its history and complexity of layered patterns and details. These elements are present in every view. This work is about pattern and form. Clay is my favorite medium because it allows me to focus on the 3D (form) and the 2D (pattern and design).


I continue to practice as an architect part-time specializing in hospitality design. I paint, weld and create works in clay. I have participated in several residencies including Skopolos the Arts Foundation in Greece and Zion National Park. My work is part of some public art and corporate art commissions. My work is represented in galleries in Utah and Arizona.

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