Molly Harcombe

Statement

I am a Welsh artist based in Bristol. My work looks at meanings and tensions within architectural and industrial objects using sculpture, narrative and installation.

Corrugated metal sheeting and broken roof tiles are collected. Structures made with humans in mind, but rarely noticed until they are in the way: like the bollard setting off automatic doors, or five electrical service boxes huddled on a street corner. Rather than the structures fitting around people, people have to fit around them. The study of how buildings affect feelings and behaviours is described as architectural psychology. Through a process of mouldmaking and casting, these objects are re-made, allowing their psycho-architectural features to surface.

The work is assembled in a way that imitates the emotional connotations of the original structure, sometimes alongside its real-world twin, ready for comparison. The structure’s original role is recognisable, but restaged, cast in a new material providing new associations.

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Featured Projects:

Plaster corrugated roofing sculpture by artist Molly Harcombe

Scum

Corrugated roofing sheeting, plaster, 2020, 110 x 95 x 45 cm.

Breeze block sculpture by artist Molly Harcombe

Superviolent

Concrete breeze block, latex, polypropylene rope, moss, gravel, dust, 2019, 210 x 40 x 20 cm.

Clay sculpture by artist Molly Harcombe

Lost Property

Clay, 2019, 8 x 40 x 60 cm.

Clay stone sculpture by artist Molly Harcombe

Lack

Clay, stone, plaster, 2020, 10 x 22 x 8 cm.

Plaster sculptures by artist Molly Harcombe

Pit and What's Left Behind

Left: Pit. Plaster, 2020, 24 x 24 x 10 cm. Right: What’s Left Behind. Plaster, 2020, 19 x 25 x 4 cm.

Plaster and roof tile sculpture by artist Molly Harcombe

Trickle Down (and out)

Plaster, broken roof tile, 2019, 26 x 31 x 26 cm.