Bio + Statement
Born in Virginia in 1977, Jen P. Harris is a visual artist based in Iowa City following a decade in New York. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Yale University and an MFA in Painting from Queens College of the City University of New York.
Solo exhibitions include John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY; Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY; Round Lake Auditorium, Round Lake, NY; CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA; University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. She was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012.
Jen previously taught at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA and currently serves on the Board of Public Space One in Iowa City.
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.
photo: Annelies Senfter