Kate Harding lives and works between New York, rural Missouri and Los Angeles. Harding examines the specificity of site and the local to explore concepts of landscape, perception and inter-subjectivity. Seeing her practice as a continuation of purposeful ramblings in the woods that began in early childhood, she undertakes engagement with site as a resonant field and collaborator without hierarchy. Structured “field experiments” wherein her body becomes a tool of measure and site of projection are recorded and mined for information, to shape into discreet objects (paintings, diagrams, drawings, projections on/through varied surfaces) and environments. Interdisciplinary in material and approach, Harding’s background in garment design and construction often provides a metaphoric structure to her work, as does science, history, critical philosophy, folklore, and the colloquial phrase.
Uphill Downhill Conversation, (Sister) is a deepening within Harding’s work that expands to reveal presences previously supporting from the periphery. Engaging the non-human environment, including mules, birds, hills, water bodies, atmospheric conditions, remains central, while there is an additional erosion of verbal language that seeks to trick the divisive potential of coded speech. With the title’s mention of the traversal of felt terrain; a change in elevation or position, a ways to go and how it may feel in the getting there, or even in the consideration of another there, dialog and a correspondent familial relationship is parenthetically mentioned.