On Beauty | Robbie Harmsworth
“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.