The Wind Blows Where It Wants

JEN P. HARRIS
The Wind Blows Where It Wants, Ink, acrylic media and UV varnish on paper stretched over wood frame, 40" x 30", 2017

Jen P. Harris makes formally innovative paintings and installations that have appeared in exhibitions nationwide. She holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York. In 2012 the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) awarded her a Fellowship in Painting. Ghost Prairie, her most ambitious project to date, was funded by the Iowa Arts Council and premiered at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids, IA in April 2016 before traveling to the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS last fall. Other recent solo exhibitions include Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake, NY; John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY; and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. Harris has taught at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA and currently serves on the Board of Public Space One in Iowa City.

In her own words:

In complexly layered spaces with shimmers of the digital, my paintings offer a cosmic view of the information age. Centuries collapse in shards of historical maps, botanical illustrations, 8-bit graphics, medieval woodcuts and architectural fragments. Drawing from the visual material of many archives, this work grapples with the ecology, history, and cultural mythology of the United States. How can we understand history as a condition of simultaneous making, dismantling, and remaking, and how does this way of seeing alter the present? I offer my viewer a confluence of many narratives, positioning her as both participant and witness.

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