Blue Monkey Network: Unfinished Business – Philomena Harmsworth: Dismantle for Flow

In another of our occasional Unfinished Business events which offer the opportunity to get a behind the scenes insight into the development of artists’ work in progress, Blue Monkey member Philomena Harmsworth will be testing out her new work, Dismantle for Flow.

Philomena says the work is “a visual journey; a pause on my way round understanding the world” which she will present as a performance of poetry, art, video and a book. Having been accepted into two literary festivals, as a first time performer Philomena will be using our Unfinished Business event as an opportunity for a trial run of her new work and hopes for feedback from the group.

Philomena studied art at foundation and degree level at Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Art respectively. She designed a couple of theatre productions for fringe theatre but quickly returned to her first love – paint. She painted scenery for West End theatre productions, wide screen cinema, TV and music videos for seven years, until her two sons were born. Then she began teaching art to various groups from young offenders to professionals. She has recently exhibited at Farley Farm House, Home of the Surrealists. Her canvases were hung in rooms where giants of Modernism, such as Picasso and Lee Miller have lived and worked. She also has paintings in public and private collections.

Philomena says, “25 years a painter for film, theatre and myself, I am revelling in the place where art forms cross over: my paintings have left the surface of the canvas and been incorporated into 3D models, my sculptures are 3D paintings, my writing embroiders poetry with spoken visuals. The performance will incorporate and demonstrate all these practices as a piece of artwork in its own right.”

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