Invisible Girls and the Mind's I

by - October 09, 2015

Invisible Girls and The Mind's I
Opening reception Friday, October 9, 6-8pm
Memphis College of Art
Rust Hall
Main Gallery

Memphis College of Art will present two bodies of work by Anne Harris, Invisible Girls and The Mind’s I, from Oct. 9–Nov. 14 in the Rust Hall Main Gallery, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 9 from 6–8 p.m. Harris will also host two Mind’s I workshops on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5–8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 9 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. in the Lower Gallery. An artist lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8 from 12–1:30 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, Rust Hall.

Harris’ Invisible Girls series has been described as “phantasmagorical.” Featuring herself and other unidentified women in mesmerizing portraits, Harris’ goal was “to paint a visibly invisible painting of an uncomfortably exposed but unseen subject.” Her paintings evoke the physical, and consequently the emotional and societal, changes women experience as they age—physically skin becomes more transparent and begins to sag, and women gradually become invisible to a society that no longer values them as in their youth. “If a man paints himself as not beautiful and not young, it’s simply considered direct, factual, honest,” Harris said. “When a woman does it, it’s interpreted as the point of the painting. Female beauty, which usually involves youth, is an expectation. A painting of a woman that isn’t plainly beautiful is therefore about unattractiveness. Even the beauty of the painting itself may be questioned.”

The Mind’s I similarly grapples with ideas of perception and self-perception. Started by Harris in 2012, this collaborative drawing project generates conversation about perception being a product of the mind. “The drawings converse amongst each other on the wall, while the artists converse with each other as they draw,” said Harris. “In the end, the walls of the gallery are filled with a knock-out body of diverse drawings that challenge and expand the issues at hand.”

Harris received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University, and her MFA from Yale University. She is represented by the Alexandre Gallery in New York, and has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the California Center for Contemporary Art and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery and the New York Public Library. Anne is a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an NEA Individual Artists Fellowship.

Gallery hours for Invisible Girls and The Mind’s I are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4 p.m. For additional information, visit

Photo: Self-Portrait (Orange), oil and mixed media on mylar, 41” x 30”, 2006-2007, © Anne Harris, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York. (detail)

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