The Art of Mary Harman: 

Recent Sculpture / Holography / 3D

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 "The Primitive Forms of Mary Harman"  (pdf)

by Dr. Panagiotis Kambanis

Archaeologist-historian, Museum of Byzantine Culture,
Postdoctoral researcher at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Original published Greek Verson in
Parallaxi Magazine





October 5, 2014   Clay models in WW2 metal ration kit box. Another version of "Anthropos" (Men Looking Up)  model for hologram (previous image below)




Anthropos      (2013)

Looking down onto a small box of figures, some actual, some holographic. Test plate produced by Andreas Sarakinos at the Hellenic Institute of Holography, Athens, 2013.

(Note: hologram color not accurate in this photo)






Ration Kit #3 Five Men, One Day

The title from the embossed lettering on the lid of this 1942 army-issue metal box. Utensils are from a beach Toronto, 1980's, where I spent summers collecting Useful Objects from a landfill. Figures in this photo are added with a semi-transparent Photoshop layer.





Protect Your Investments











Woman and Child



Individually, the figures are muses, Guardians of the Soul, little beings that sit on windowsills, seeking the sun. Collectively, my intention is to make enough of these to fill a room, or perhaps a universe.....







"For upon the bounteous earth Zeus has thrice ten thousand Spirits (daimones), Watchers of mortal men, and these keep watch on judgements and deeds of wrong as they roam, clothed in mist, all over the earth."                     
                                                                                               ( from Hesiod's "Works and Days")






On a trip to Athens in October, 2012, I was a guest of the Hellenic Institute of Holography (see HiH news for their posting about my holograms now in their collection.) I was taken to see the Cycladic Museum (among others) and had the privilege of viewing their collection of ancient figurines.

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Terracotta was the "common man's" gift to the gods - cheaply made, easy to replicate with molds.

"Terracotta figurines were rather familiar objects to the ancient Greeks... They stood in houses as mere decorations, or served as cult images in small house shrines; some of them functioned as charms to ward off evil. They were brought to temples and sanctuaries as offerings to the gods and deposited in graves either as cherished possessions of the deceased, as gifts, or as protective devices."


Oct 22, 2012   

The taller figures are 4" high. Some are fired clay, others hydrocal plaster cast from a silicone mold then features lightly painted with oils.











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