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Five Minutes With... Artist - Harrie Fasher

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2011 in Five Minutes With Horsezone
Nightmare Chases Dreams

It was only after quarter of a lifetime of three day eventing that country girl at heart, Harrie Fasher met with a horrendous accident - the trauma of which changed her relationship with horses - no longer riding them, but now sculpting them.

Harrie speaks of her horse connection through art, not from the saddle. After graduating from the National Art School Sydney in 2010, her Waiting for Billy (pictured bottom left) won the Jindabyne Lakelight Sculpture prize in 2011. Even while studying Harrie won the Julian Beaumont Prize for Sculpture in 2009, the National Art School Drawing Prize in 2009 and the Bird Holcomb Foundation Scholarship in 2010.

Harrie will be holding her first solo exhibition at the Maunsell Wickes Gallery, 19 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 14 - 30 June. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11.00 -5.30pm and Sunday 12.00 -5.00pm.

If you are keen on art, and horses, and art about horses do not miss this exhibition, which will showcase Harrie Fasher's new body of sculptures, drawings and assemblages.
Horsezone caught up with Harrie during the lead up to her exhibition to find out more about this talented young artist.

How did you first get into horses?

Its in the blood!  My aunt and uncle, Judy and Michael Fasher, are equally obsessed.  My sister George and I spent every school holidays with our cousins Hugh and Sam speaking to horses.  We roamed the property riding over a kids bush cross country course, swimming the ponies in the dam and playing cowboys and indians.  But I think I was born with horse hair for eyebrows.


You were riding professionally and set up a riding school why did you leave this?

I had a big fall and lost two horses in the space of a week.  I was not in the best shape.  My road to recovery involved reconnecting with all my friends who are artists, musicians and designers.  The fire in my soul was rekindled, and I travelled a path that has led to my becoming an artist.  I am still surrounded by horses, but they are quiet, and dont need rugging.

You are a sculptor any reason for choosing this direction? 

I went to art school expecting to major in painting, however I am naturally a sculptor.  There is an energy created when you physically battle with an object.  This energy becomes a whirl wind, it is really a bit of a rush. However drawing remains the basis of my practice. 


How do you feel leading into your first solo show?

Nervous!  And Excited!


Favourite horse?



Favorite horse people?

Mary King, Mark Todd and Monty Roberts


Favourite artists?

Berlinde de Bruckere, Doris Salcedo, Christo, and Sydney's Elizabeth Cummings


Favourite art work?

Wow.  Big Question.   Degas drawings and bronzes, Christo's wrapped works... The sculpture of Corrie Fairburns that I am looking at!  I don't know that I can pick just one.

Any other animals amuse you?

So many, most probably all of them. 


Outside of art what do you do?

Walk the dogs, and remember to stop and smell the roses.


Shout out to your supporters?

I have alot of supporters, Madeline and Jill Hayes have generously contributed a fairy tale space for me to use as a studio, (Halifax Artist Studios) and the A Alexanders who have produced all my print and web design.  I have been lucky to win some scholarships and prizes generously donated by Alex Bird, Andrew Holcomb, Julian Beaumont and most recently Snowy FM and the Snow River Arts Council.  Not to mention the numerous people who promote and collect my work, and provide me with emotional support!


Artists are commonly known as eccentric...how would you describe yourself?

Eccentricity is defined as departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern.  Yes, that is how you could describe me.  Infact, I rather like it.  It is a challenge to continue this path outside convention.  Society conditions people to follow an established pattern, 'normality'.  I know that whatever 'normality' is I dont really want it!


Favourite place in the world?

My bathroom.  There is a world map for a shower curtain.  Everyday I stand infront of it brushing my teeth plotting journeys that could last a lifetime.

First colour that comes to mind?



Big dog or small dog?

Small Dog

small dogs fit in small spaces.

small dogs have small tongues.

small dogs cant reach your face so they bite you on the ankle

small dogs make good slippers.

I am a convert to small dogs.  They have shared my life.  Jack Russells especially, there is more life in one of those little fellas than you could cram into a tip truck.

So in answer to your question, big dogs.


Arab or a Clydesdale?

Clydesdale.  Arabs are beautiful in the desert, with amazing coloured trappings, but I suggest keeping them there.  Clydesdales embody weight and strength alongside a willing gentle nature.  And how can you pass up feathers?

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