body without body: Jessica Harvey, April 2019

Jessica Harvey, “Little One,” crystal grown with cremated remains, 2018

April 6-27, 2019
Opening reception April 6, 2019 from 6-9pm

Jessica Harvey utilizes intimate aspects of the physical body without revealing the actual human form in its entirety, examining the meaning of life in the afterlife and the role of the unreliable narrator. Cremated remains, hair, urine, teeth, and heartbeats are all transformed in these photographs sculptures, and sound installations.

Digging through public and private archives, Jessica Harvey conducts long-term investigations of historical and personal events. She reinterprets these stories with the use of photography, video, archival resources, and objects constructed from everyday materials. These images and installations act as a catalyst for a fantastical exploration of the psychology surrounding memory and place, putting particular emphasis on the role of women in these histories. Through humor and tragedy Harvey creates a new way of re-evaluating life, death, and the mythology of our own history.

Harvey received an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Iceland. She has attended residencies at Ox-Bow, Wassaic, MASS MoCA, ACRE, Anderson Ranch, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, The Luminary, LATITUDE, and Vermont Studio Center. Exhibitions include shows at The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Coop Gallery, (Nashville, TN), Trestle Projects (Brooklyn NY), Heaven Gallery (Chicago, IL), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Good Weather (Little Rock, AR), ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL), and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, OK). She is currently a 2019 recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.