Dana Lynn Harper holds an undergraduate degree in Art & Technology from The Ohio State University in 2009 where she received an Undergraduate Research Grant. She was the recipient of The Bunton Waller Fellowship from Penn State University, where Harper received her MFA in 2013. Harper has been an Artist in Residence at Bunker projects and Second Sight Studio and was awarded an ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant and The ArtFile Emerging Artist Grant in 2014. Harper has had solo exhibitions at Otterbein University, University of Kentucky and most recently, Front/Space Gallery & Museum in Kansas City, MO.
"My work explores moments of self-transcendence, where time is slowed down and the outside world is forgotten, a place where the imagination is ignited. My perceptually encompassing environments are an invitation to lose yourself through unknowing, allowing anxiety to be distracted by an eagerness to discover.
Using overpowering color, inviting textures and an overall multi-sensory experience, the works act as a portal to warm feelings and childhood fantasy, a social catalyst for interaction and connection. Playful patterns, dancing tinsel and unapologetic fluorescent colors are not only a testament to the beauty of life, but to the ever-encompassing joy of living.
Working with forms and colors from cartoons, coral reefs and the microscopic, each piece has an organic organization; paired with unnatural color and implacable materials. This mixing and matching of natural forms with altered synthetic material sends the viewer into a state of unknowing. By masking medium through process, in conjunction with size, color and light, these otherworldly installations avoid referencing one place more than another. This transformation allows my work to remain unbiased and approachable, relatable through beauty; regardless of background, age or heritage."