Artist: Anne Harris
Steel, polyethylene metallic finish
38' high, 10' base
In a very literal way, Anne Harris' sculpture
represents a "fusion" of untamed strength and precise elegance.
Splitting her time between the studio and the metal foundry, Harris compliments
the skill of her sculptor's vision with industrial tools like blowtorches,
forklifts, electric buffers, and sand blasters. Out of these fiery forces, she
creates works of delicate balance and grace. Tohawah, named with a Native
language word for swans, again displays this trademark duality.
The polished metallic surfaces and the magnificent
height of this sculpture suggest that we are looking at a marvel of modern
engineering, while the Native title and the purely elemental shape of the
intertwining lines speak of a return to the natural subject and shape. In this
representation, trends are reversed; nature is served by technology, allowing
the sculptor to release an elemental idea into a form of massive size and
About Anne Harris
Harris was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1928. She
studied at Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art. Her work
has been featured in nearly 40 exhibitions across North America and is included
in over 100 private and public collections including the Albright Knox Gallery,
the Canadiana National Capital Collection, Outdoor Sculpture at Rideau Hall,
the official residence of the Governor General of Canada and the Chongquing
Fine Art Museum, China.
Anne Harris has won Ontario Society of Artists awards
on two different occasions and has exhibited her work throughout Canada, the
United States and Europe.