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On Beauty | Robbie Harmsworth

BY fortyfivedownstairs | 23-Mar-2019
For artist Robbie Harmsworth, ‘beauty’ still matters.
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Date: 02/04/2019 - 27/04/2019
Time: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11pm-3pm
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On Beauty by Robbie Harmsworth
Image: Robbie Harmsworth
In On Beauty, opening at fortyfivedownstairs in April 2019, Harmsworth presents not just unapologetically ‘beautiful’ works but works that for her engage with the idea that beauty only comes with depth, with power and, perhaps most importantly, with a bittersweet transience.

“My interest is not in a fleeting glimpse of so called ‘perfection’ but how time treats beauty – why do we find a corroded Greek sculpture of a human figure with missing limbs, or a dying flower, beautiful? Real beauty for me is about life… and life inevitably comes to an end.”

To illustrate her practice Harmsworth has come to use the term palimpsest; the layering of new text over the scraped away remains of an older text, reusing the primary base material. But the broader meaning is just as relevant: something reused or altered, but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. This approach allows her work to speak to her interest in how time effects matter.