Rain Harris

 
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Harris received her MFA from Ohio State University in 2008 and has since transformed her already extraordinary mixed media and ceramic art into smart, enthralling work. During the summer of 2011 she was an artist in residence at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. While there, Harris watched ceramic artisans replicate fabric flowers, transforming them by hand into ultra-thin porcelain flowers one petal at a time. Upon her return, she blended some of the Chinese techniques with her own methods to create ornamentation that saunters from refined to bewitchingly guady. Her hand-pinched floral shapes are approachable, yet allude to the complex concepts of beauty and taste.

Many of the works are made from black clay, visually contrasting the stark white porcelain, while bringing up associations with Victorian sentiments revolving around morbidity and excess. There is also a wink and a nod to collections such as Wunderkammers or Cabinets of Curiosities as well as the Blaschka Flowers along with a myriad of other embedded sources. This confluence of tangible ideas, materials and cultural perceptions creates visual hybridity, which allows the viewer to bring in their own associations and interpretations into the work’s meaning.

Education
2008 MFA, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
1997 BFA in Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2014  Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2013  Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO
2010  Flotsam and Jetsam Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008  The Sherrie Galley, Columbus, OH
2006  The Portland Craft Museum, Portland OR
          The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2005  Nexus Center for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
          NCECA 2005 Exhibition, Taipei County YingKo
          Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2004  The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
          Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
2003  Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park, PA
2002  Nexus Center for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
2001  Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA
          Samuel Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City , MO
Danmarks Keramikmuseum, Middelfart, Denmark
ASU Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ
Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo TX
Charles Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI
The Ohio Union, Columbus, OH
Icheon World Ceramic Center Museum, Gwango-dong, Korea
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of International Ceramic Art at Guldagergard, Skaelskor, Denmark
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO
UMB Financial Corporation, Kansas City, MO
International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
KU Medical Center, Kansas City, MO
Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO

   

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