An Installation by Jan Harrison
DateApr 24 - June 19, 1999
VenueWeston Art Gallery
The Cincinnati Arts Association and the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts present Arcana Mundi, an intriguing multimedia installation merging animal and human worlds by Jan Harrison.
Jan Harrison, Kingston, NY, spent much of her artistic career in Cincinnati where she received critical acclaim for her beautiful, compelling, and sometimes disturbing paintings and works on paper that merge animal and human forms to express the duality of our existence. Harrison’s work seeks to reconnect us to nature and reawaken our dormant animal roots. In this new multimedia installation, Arcana Mundi, Harrison combines exquisitely executed pastel and mixed-media works on paper, bisque-fired porcelain sculptures of hybrid animals, mounded pine needles, and recorded sounds of her invented “animal tongue” language to reveal her personal mythology, her loving deep respect for animals and the dichotomy of a “mysterious world” that is both brutal and uncaring yet comforting and nurturing.