Trained as both an Art Historian-Curator as well as a Printmaker-mixed media artist, she misses one when not doing the other. In the last few years she found a balance that enables her to follow both paths. Her work continues to be informed by her curiosity about other artists as well as the world around her.
Her curatorial presentations have an artist’s sensibility and she aims for the environment of an exhibition to encourage visual play and relationships between artists works she selects. Often a show develops a tight concept as she finds the threads between artists to form a new way of looking at these artists and their works.
In her own artworks, Harper works serially but she may go back to investigate an older idea. Certain themes can be seen throughout her bodies of work such as the concepts of “predator prey, memorials, presidential politics, and women. Trained as a printmaker, she started working with clay about 2004 and and combines mediums as her ideas demand.
Video of Cheryl Harper’s artist talk and interview for What Are We Claiming from May 2022: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTVkSNetH94
In planning: Legacy project with a significant Philadelphia artist-more details to be announced, two other curatorial projects in development, and my new politically-themed ceramics will be shown in Philadelphia in the fall of 2024 if not earlier. Stay tuned!