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Bessie Harvey

Cavin Morris Gallery

Despite being misused and overused, the term “visionary art” describes the art of Bessie Harvey in its most profound and moving sense, as an evocation of the connections between material and spiritual being. Her organic sculptures are realizations of invention and faith, in a form that is both physical and metaphysical. Using fragments of the trunks, limbs, or roots of trees, together with wood putty, spray paint, house paint, glitter, glass and plastic beads, feathers, dried vines, and other found materials, Harvey creates works whose meanings are layered like the inner and outer skin of personal and universal realities. The images that emerge from the gnarled and knotty wood grain transcend both formal analysis and theological interpretation, instead speaking to us directly about the inspiration, eccentricity, and esthetic gift of their mother-creator.

Harvey's spiritualism is not that

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