Robert Harrison

Ten Quick Sketches: A Collaboration

A collaboration between my good friend, poet, writer and publisher Rick Newby and myself, continues our efforts to create art together (we have previously collaborated on Queen City Gateway, a site-specific architectural sculpture in downtown Helena). I asked Rick to consider writing a poetic response to a series of sumi ink drawings I had created based on elemental line drawings (serpentine lines, water, circle, square, house, arch, spiral) I had been using regularly in my work over the past 30 years. Rising to the challenge, Rick came up with an amazing 10 part poem titled Ten Quick Sketches, written while traveling in Italy.

  • 2013
  • Each framed panel: 13.5" Wide x 13" High x 1.5" Depth

I used black china paint for the paintings on the white porcelain plates, fired onto the surfaces with a few ceramic decals. The porcelain plates were mounted into black mattes with theĀ sketches and inserted into ecologically friendly bamboo frames. The completed collaboration was exhibited at Turman Larison Contemporary in 2013. The framed panels were priced and sold individually.