ACCIDENTS OF GRAVITY is an exhibition of prints and sculptures invoking anxieties over trauma and loss, both past and present. On the wall are a series of wax transfer prints based on a photographic series destroyed in a house fire. The prints distort the original works into variations of black and white noise or static suggesting deteriorating vision, fading memories, and absence. The theme of gravity as a force is approached both in the physical sense and in describing the weight of experience. On the floor, an arrangement of objects pairing found and raw elements collected while traveling, sit precariously on top of minimally constructed tables. The materials of wood, porcelain, stainless steel, and coral are repeated as variable elements that present a range of relationships from the intended to the actual function, signifying the roles of observer, collector, and traveler.
MICHELLE ANNE HARRIS, Associate Professor Photography and Art Education (2011). BFA, 2008, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, 2010 Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI. Exhibitions: Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Buckham Gallery, Flint. Publications: Shots Magazine; Chicago Reader. Bibliography: Hour Detroit, Art Beat; James Madison University Literary and Arts Journal. Collections: Marriot Inc., Sherine Marzouk. Awards: Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Steketee Scholarship, Ox-Bow Residency Program.
More information about Michelle Anne Harris can be found at www.michelleanneharris.com