Using basketry techniques feels primeval, both in the prehistoric and instinctive senses. I thrive on the connection I feel with the natural world and ancient peoples as I weave, while striving to connect with a modern audience with my commentary on personal, societal, and environmental issues.
A recurring theme in my work is containment – keeping things under control, contained, safe, regulated, in a vessel, and then sometimes, not – letting them go, letting them break free, explode forth. I like to consider interior and exterior spaces, the hidden and the revealed, the personal and the societal.
Materials often determine the content of my work. A moderately obsessive collector since childhood, I keep items that I think I will find a use for: broken umbrellas, used kinesiology tape, empty pill bottles, remnants from reed baskets, old clothes and fabric scraps. Who knows what stories I can tell with my collection? I’m still figuring that out.
Kimberley Harding creates sculptural and installation works using basketry and other fiber techniques. Recently relocated to Portland, ME, Harding has exhibited in numerous galleries and sites in the Greater Boston area, Eastern and Central Massachusetts, and online. She likes to consider interior and exterior spaces, the hidden and the revealed, the personal and the societal in her work. She began collaborating with fellow Arlington, MA artist Laurie Bogdan in 2020, producing installations for the two most recent Art Rambles in Concord, MA, and at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens. In 2021 they co-curated the Art Ramble for the Umbrella Arts Center. They received grants from the Maynard, MA and Arlington, MA Cultural Councils to exhibit their environmental piece, Confluence, as part of educational initiatives in those two towns.