STOREY - HARMON
Wild hare studios and rabbit hole arts
Painting - Sculpture - Textile art
Susan 'Storey' Harmon
While restoring the mid-century home we envisioned as a live/work studio space, I spent a lot of time streaming alt-media research journalists and authors I had learned to trust over many years. A long time student of symbolism and the esoteric, as I listened and worked, the occasional "conspiracy theorist" would catch my attention and I found myself exploring both rabbit holes and bunny trails. These wild hare sojourns were both fascinating and all too often, concerning. When it came time to officially name our studio I couldn't help but pay homage to these mind-expanding experiences through the archetypal image of the hare. Pictured above is the 5 ft. wood-burned sign I created for our studio and for much of the inspiration my artwork reflects. So, welcome to Wild Hare Studios and Rabbit Hole Arts where no subject is taboo, cognitive dissonance is always a part of my creative process and Mike just smiles and shakes his head a lot.
Woodcarving is both a craft and fine art. I personally find something spiritual about working in wood. The right piece will lead me down an enjoyable path even if it wasn't the one I originally imagined. For me, it's always about the journey. The destination is often a surprise. While serious pieces captivate me now and then, I most enjoy sculpting whimsical characters and traditional folk carving.
Like most experienced woodcarvers one of my joys is teaching. Showing a new approach, the use of different tools or a new style to other carvers is part of the fun. However, introducing the craft to newcomers is satisfying on two fronts. First, I enjoy the surprise one experiences in accomplishing something for the first time, and secondly, I feel passionate about helping extend this art to a new generation.
I have always explored my world through visual art and creative writing. The role creativity plays in the connection between spirit and psyche (heart and mind) is at the core of all my work. Therefore my career paths, studies and interests have been as much a part of my creativity as my artwork.
Navigating the relationship among creativity, spirituality and self-realization for many years led to spontaneous encounters with the informative nature of creative energy, and my own multi-dimensional awareness. These aspects are central to both my work and my life.
Whether I'm painting, sculpting, or creating a piece of textile art, a strong skill set allows me to plan very loosely, if at all. In this way the work itself inspires and guides me as it unfolds. I feel we are never more involved in life than when imagination steps to the forefront. Please check out my latest venture in sharing this philosophy at:
Michael K. Harmon