Chloe Harris is an illustrator/printmaker whose body of work reflects a charming and patient approach to art making. Her ideas come from a serene space located in nature. Silence and solitude are intrinsic to these ideas and Chloe’s depiction of them manifests in the form of intimate portraits and scenes of flora and fauna.
Whilst Chloe’s aesthetic concepts are born naturally out of her travels to the Pacific North West, New Zealand and other places of awe-inspiring natural beauty, her studies at the National Art School in Sydney introduced a medium (printmaking) through which she could execute these ideas. Her process is multifaceted and quite complicated. “I usually start with an idea in mind and then cut my zinc plate into the desired shape - in my case this is usually a circle. The plate is then covered in a thin, wax-like ground that the image is then drawn into using a sharp tipped scribe. The plate is then soaked in an acid path, eating away at the metal exposed by the scribe”. Chloe repeats this last step four or five times for a greater sense of depth and detail. “The process is quite tedious and you definitely need some patience, but honestly I enjoy every part of it”.
Chloe’s studio is jam-packed with easels, multiple art desks, sprawled materials and an extensive list of tools: fine-tip pens, cold pressed 300 gsm paper, hahnemuelle paper, etching inks and watercolours. These tools are chosen specifically by Chloe for their durability during the print-making process and as a final product.
When she’s not busily working away at her studio, Chloe works with retail store Monster Threads who proudly represent emerging artists and designers directly through the products they sell off their shelves. In the future, Chloe hopes to travel and possibly collaborate with artists Rebecca Green, Carson Ellis, Nigel Peak and Moki.