Artist Biography


b. 1995

Harriet McKay lives and works in Adelaide, Australia.

Harriet McKay completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts at the University of South Australia in 2018 where she was awarded the John Christie Wright Memorial Prize. In 2019 McKay curated her first exhibition 'Essential Forms' at GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery. Harriet is currently completing a Masters of Art History and Curatorial Studies at the Australian National University.

Artist Statement

McKay's practice is studio oriented and based on an intuitive process of editing and evaluating the compositional balance of the forms as a painter does when constructing a painting. Through the process of play and the practice of repetitive trial and error, the works are  arranged, ordered, painted and moulded the same way a painter pulls and pushes the paint around the space of a canvas.  When walking through Mckay's constructed spaces, the viewer is pulled to experience the texture of the surfaces at close proximity on a level of haptic touch; a level of sensation rooted in the body.