Jen P. Harris is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her paintings and installations have been shown nationally in venues including Leslie Lohman Museum, NYC; CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA; and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and a 2011 Puffin Foundation Grant. The New York Times and Guernica have featured her work. Harris holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from Queens College, City University of New York.
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We expect information to lead to understanding. But in the current technological age the proliferation of information, and the way it rapidly mixes with opinions, half-truths, and lies, also breeds confusion and fear. I am most drawn to Jen Harris’s work because I understand it to be elucidating this modern-day conundrum. It reminds me of what Chekov said to be the task of the artist, not to solve anything, but to offer “a correct presentation of the problem.” It is only through the most honest articulation of existence that the greater mystery has its own chance of being revealed.
— Jessica Lott, “The Power of the Puzzle,” exhibition catalog essay, 2015
photo credit: Joshua White, 2018