Field Guides, 2020
In December 2019, my Dad passed away from pancreatic cancer. A day later a childhood friend died by suicide. After experiencing this loss I became fixated on examining the transition from life to death. Field Guides is a visualization of the “spirit” or “soul” outside of the body, the parts of us that live after death. Seeing death as a release from the limits of the physical world, the figures float freely, boisterous in design and lovingly constructed.
Translated into layers of texture, pattern and color while utilizing textiles, yarn and plastics; aspects of personality, aura, consciousness and spirit are made visible. Each being borrows the form of celebratory objects, like piñatas, paper lanterns and pom poms. These playful forms are combined with ornamentation inspired by the growth of plants, flowers and coral. Materials are dismantled and reconfigured into layers of a new imagined being, a soul without the body. Through this interpretation, the immaterial is made tangible.
Dana Lynn Harper holds a BFA in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University, she lives and works in Columbus, Oh. Recipient of The Bunton Waller Fellowship from Penn State University, where Harper received her MFA in 2013. Harper has been the recipient of an ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant and The ArtFile Emerging Artist Grant, Ringholz Foundation Award, OAC Professional Award and Manifest Prize. She has had solo exhibitions across the US, most notably at The University of Kentucky, Front/Space Gallery & Museum in Kansas City, MO, Manifest Gallery and ROY G BIV. Harper has been an Artist in Residence at Kutztown University, Teton Art Lab, Bunker Projects, Second Sight Studio, Sculpture Space and ArtSpace Raleigh. She was awarded a scholarship through The NEA to attend Women’s Studio Workshop in 2015 and has received a fellowship to attend in Vermont Studio Center in the fall of 2022. Harper has made public installations in collaboration with The Columbus Museum of Art as well as The University Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. She will exhibit at The Sculpture Center in 2022.
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Dana Lynn Harper is a recipient of The Sculpture Center’s Revealed Early Career Exhibition Series.