Jen P. Harris makes paintings and installations constructed through an accumulation of transparent layers of liquid ink and acrylic media on paper and wood. Her work conveys a layering of time and place and a collision of popular and art historical references, merging the shallow screen-space of of the digital world with the deep space of Western landscape traditions. In densely packed canvases and modular painting constructions, she creates hybrid spaces using the grammar of collage to join borrowed styles and geometric structures with diverse images of geographies, technologies, myths and histories. For Harris, this mode of working is a way of signifying the precarious relationship between cultural, ecological and planetary forces. Her work aims to uncover a visual language that speaks of a mythological present, offering both warning and positive potential.
Harris holds a BA in Studio Art from Yale University and an MFA in Painting from Queens College of the City University of New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY; Causey Contemporary, New York, NY; Sardine, Brooklyn, NY; John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE; CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; and Coagula Projects, Los Angeles, CA. She was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012 and has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and the Iowa Arts Council. Harris has served as a visiting artist at over a dozen institutions and currently serves on the Board of Public Space One in Iowa City. She is based in Iowa City following a decade in New York.
photo: Annelies Senfter