Throughout the exhibition, the diasporic condition presents itself in her paintings as an unfolding allegoric commentary. The works become a contemplation of transience, a theatre in which human instinct compassionately addresses ideas of settlement, a reaction to one’s, or anothers, transient restlessness and displacement and a complex dispersion of un-at-homeness and groundlessness.
Harper’s often large-scale paintings, underpinned by intense drawing, demonstrate a mode of reconstructing visual appearances; events, beliefs, dreams, memory and mediated imagery, whereby seamless, sometimes fictional fragmentations are rearranged and presented as plausible happenings. The motives of her works are intended to be contradictory, at once both particular and general, restrained and ornate, whole and fragmented, detectable and imperceptible, relatable and distant, reflecting the complex duality of the human condition.
Harper studied at UWE Bristol from 2008-2011, The Royal Drawing School from 2012-2014 and Turps Art School from 2016-2018. Since 2014 she has taught, through the Royal Drawing School at various institutions including The Saatchi Gallery, The V&A Museum of Childhood, Cass Arts, Drawing School Central/Selfridges, The Southbank centre, The Na- tional Gallery; She was awarded The Michael Moritz residency Tuscany and The Modi Institute of Fine Art, India 2014.
Harper is represented in both private and public collections including the Royal Collections, The Ruth Borchard Collec- tion and the Ullens Collection. She has exhibited in numerous group shows including Christies London and New York and most recently been included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018. She has also exhibited at ‘Artist of the Day’ at Flowers Gallery 2018, Supersimetrica Art Fair, The Pie Factory / Turner Contemporary - Turner show in Margate and The Turps Gallery London. She is currently Artist in Residence for the Ryder Project at A.P.T in Deptford and recently won the ACS (Artists Collecting Society) Studio Prize 2018.