LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Naomi A. Hart, a profound visual
artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been selected for an artist
in residency program at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito,
A visual artist working predominantly with photography, video and
drawing, Hart's primary subject is dust. She examines dust samples with
magnifying glasses and microscopes, and then creates enlarged and close
up digital photographs, digital artworks and drawings of the specimens.
"I draw what you guys know as dust bunnies," Hart said. "It's finding
beauty in something that's so ridiculously everyday. I like the idea of
dust being a genetic footprint or a trail of where people have been."
For her residency, which begins February 2014, Hart will collect a dust
sample from inside the museum and make a site-specific installation.
The project's theme is "Land" and it aims to answer the proposal
question: "How can looking up close change the way we see our world?"
"My intention within this residency is to develop new work within the
museum space and to hold an on going audience participation workshop
based around the inquiry title," said Hart.
Hart also plans to develop new video work using macro-scaled video
footage gathered from specimens in Yosemite National Park and the
Sierra Nevada mountains.
"We are thrilled to bring Naomi Hart to the Bay Area Discovery Museum as
our next Artist-in-Residence," said Bay Area Discovery Museum CEO Karyn
Flynn. "Her program ignites creative thinking as children and their
families are encouraged to observe, explore and inquire. Through her
exploration of dust, our visitors will engage with the Museum in new
ways by investigating their favorite exhibits through the lens of a
magnifying glass. They will also have the opportunity to share their
findings with a collaborate large-scale drawing and art installation."
Hart has had many exhibitions since 2001 including the at the Royal
Scottish Academy, Rhode Island School of Design, the USSCOT Exhibition
at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pa., Gallery North in
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, the Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan, The
Place in Sunniside, Sunderland, Central Square on Fourth Street in
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Arthouses 2012 at the Whitley Bay Film Festival
and Orlando House, San Marino.
Her work was selected for curated websites www.axisweb.org and www.medinart.eu. She's been commissioned for projects at the Women's Climbing Symposium
2012 at the Hangar (Liverpool), the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art,
the Laing Gallery and Tyne and Wear Museums. Hart attended Northumbria
University (Newcastle, UK) where she received a M.A. in Fine Art and
Education and Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh, UK) where she
received a B.A (Hons) in Visual Communication.
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite and advance creative
thinking in children. Its 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families
to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the backdrop of the
Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is a space for imaginations. Children
may navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual
risk-taking skills, and feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that
surprise and awaken curiosity. They may also explore new worlds by
transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder.
The museum launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to
pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs
that advance creative thinking in all children.
SOURCE: Naomi Hart
For further information:
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