Scream are proud to present the first solo exhibition by young British artist Caroline Jane Harris. The artist explores the complexities of nature through a labour-intensive paper-cutting technique. Harris is inspired by the natural world and is conscious of the strong yet subtle links between natural life forms and us. She explores the intricacy and beauty of nature, which echo human and man-made systems, by responding to visual phenomena such as geometric, linear and circular motifs found in all levels of existence. Using photographs of tree formations as her starting point, she digitally manipulates her images through a pre-determined 'action' resulting in kaleidoscopic symmetry.
Other elements of the tree are incorporated into the designs such as cross-sections of tree trunks and wood grains, which are found and digitally scanned. Circles and gradients suggest the cyclical nature of time and the tools through which we observe; from puddles, irises, the line of the horizon and sunsets to microscopes, telescopes and petri dishes – their essence superimposed on skeletal branch patterns.
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Caroline Jane Harris, Treescape (Blue), 2014, Hand-cut layered pigment prints on paper, 104 x 175 x 7 cm (40.9 x 68.8 x 2.7"); Courtesy of Scream, the artist and G. Schwendinger
More on Caroline Jane Harris (b. 1987, London)
British artist Caroline Jane Harris, born in London in 1987, explores the intricacies of nature through a labour intensive paper-cutting technique. She is fascinated by the phenomena of nature; the endless geometric symmetries found in all levels of existence. Using tree formations as her starting point Harris creates digital prints which are then manipulated, layered and hand-cut. The hand allows for natural distortions which induce the random, chaotic and asymmetrical - the antitheses of the digital conception. Harris’s imagery becomes infinite and abstract - like bronchi of a lung, river networks, neuron activity, fractals existing over many scales of magnification. Caroline explores the dichotomy in science and art, traditional processes and contemporary practices. Influenced by Eastern Printmaking and Paper-cutting techniques, the simplification of lines to convey the essence of nature in Japanese wood-block prints informs her lineated hand-cut paper compositions.
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[Image on top: Caroline Jane Harris, Limbs, 2014 , Hand-cut layered pigment prints on paper , 103.5 x 103.5 x 7 cm (40.7 x 40.7 x 2.7"); Courtesy of Scream, the artist and G. Schwendinger]