Within every phenomenon lies the potential for its inverse: a closed fist contains an open hand; the future arrives to illuminate the past; a foreign land reveals the traveler’s unknown internal terrain. My painting practice is in essence a meditation on this interplay and its metaphorical potential. Layered imagery interlocks and overlaps, producing dynamic figure-ground relationships and a meshing of opposites: legibility and unreadability; spaciousness and compression. The intertwining of the penetrable and the solid that characterizes the work underpins an ongoing spatial conversation about concealment and exposure.
Artist Bio / CV
Jen P. Harris received a BA in Studio Art from Yale University and an MFA in Painting from Queens College of the City University of New York. Harris has exhibited her work nationally at venues including Daniel Cooney Fine Art (NYC), John Davis Gallery (Hudson, NY), Artplace (Los Angeles), Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), and Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (Wilmington). She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship (2012), Ora Schneider Residency Grant (2012), Puffin Foundation Grant (2011), and Astraea Visual Arts Fund Grant (2011). She has attended Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), International School of Art (Umbria, Italy), and the Yale Summer Program of Music and Art (Norfolk, CT). Harris’ work was selected to be included in the Pierogi Flat Files (Brooklyn, NY), The Drawing Center Viewing Program (NYC), and The Boston Drawing Project. She lives in Hudson, NY.