Harriet’s practice-led doctoral research titled ‘Beyond transposition? Exploring painting and the metaphysical through birdsong and Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux’ is situated between the School of Art and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Her research interrogates the mechanisms of transposition between the auditory and the visual, through encounters with birdsong and painted surfaces. The painted surfaces seek the unknown and intangible ephemera of natural birdsong and Messiaen’s imaginative musical responses, metamorphosising between painted layers. The still and silence of the paintings attempt to apprehend fluctuating sound, located somewhere between abstraction and figuration, pushing the boundaries of transposition as both method and concept.
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