Jen P. Harris uses the process of painting to think in ways that circumvent familiar frameworks of sense-making, seeking to open imaginative space for remaking and repairing. What kinds of worlds can pictorial form reveal and create?
Her process takes found images and processes them into new forms. This transformation process is embodied in materials – translucent inks, acrylic media, and paper that dictate distinct limits and possibilities. The working method she has developed leads to a place in which reality is a state of interconnectedness.
Figures mix up with structures to create a visual representation of the interdependence of organism and environment. Solid becomes permeable; figure elicits lacuna; a flat surface appears to fold. Pursuing astonishment, she is propelled by a curiosity about how the knowledge that emerges from the process of painting itself might be capable of addressing the political and spiritual crises that engulf society.