Harriet Body

Harriet Body works in the expanded field of mark making to examine ideas of presentness in creative action. Moving across painting, textiles, and sculpture, Harriet draws on histories of the Action Painting and Earth Art movements, inverting these typically macho-esque styles through a practice that works in harmony with the natural environment and employs an interest in Care.

Harriet holds an MFA (research), for which she received an Australian Postgraduate Award, and a BFA (first class) from the UNSW School of Art and Design. She was awarded the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Prize (emerging), and ArtStart grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, and Artist Support from Arts NSW.

Harriet has undertaken international residencies at La Fragua Arts Residency in Cordoba, Spain and at the Awagami Papermaking Studio in Teshima, Japan. National residencies include Ceramic Design Studio (Sydney Institute), Penrith Regional Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Parramatta Artist Studios and the National Institute of Experiemental Art. She has held solo and group exhibitions at Firstdraft, Wellington St Projects, Artspace, Hazelhurst (all NSW), QUT Art Museum (QLD), Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NT), Blindside (VIC) and Constance ARI (TAS).

Alongside her art practice, Harriet is an arts worker with extensive experience in art-education program development for adults with disability and/or accessibility requirements as well as in supporting professional artists with developmental/intellectual disability or complex needs. She is also one half of Thom and Angelmouse, a collaborative project with Thom Roberts, an artist with autism. Thom and Angelmouse is supported by Studio A.