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Harmony Padgett

One State of Content

2008, Oil on hand-carved wood, 48"w x 48"h

Contradiction is encouraged. Multiple interpretations are crucial. I want to complicate the simple intricacies of the human body. It’s fun to blur the line between what is hard and rough and what is soft and sensual. I try to take what we see when we look down after getting out of the shower and, using raw materials, reveal the glorious ambiguity that is possible. I portray all its parts; hair, scraped knees and knobby elbows, nipples, stubble, bruises. The traits and texture of the human form come to life through the flaws and grain in the personality of a piece of wood. Like alter egos, our bodies walk around under clothes everyday, the figure hidden, distorted in such a way that it is not always clear what we are seeing. This is the seduction of the imagination. I carve out beauty hidden within a very ordinary material and put something private and provocative on display in an abstractly beautiful way.


Harmony Padgett - One State of Content

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.