Exploring the intersections between illness, body image, the female gaze, and present-day anxieties, Caroline Harrison’s work draws from the traditions of portrait painting, graphic design, and illustration. Her work reflects similar concerns to such contemporary painters as Jenny Saville or Hope Gangloff. Her portraits are both ecstatic and tormented—not unlike the work of Egon Schiele—in their sublime depiction of our inner selves.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Caroline began her career creating flyers and album art for bands. Often working within the metal world with artists like Pig Destroyer and Yob, Caroline's album art is unorthodox in content and tone. Nowhere to be found are the typical dragons, skulls, and hellish fantasy scapes often associated with the genre. Instead we are presented with modern life, filtered through the surreal and nightmarish—a brutally honest reflection of our most hidden thoughts and impulses.
Always striving to push the boundaries of painting and drawing in the modern context, Caroline plans to bring her lush and dark aesthetic to additional formats and musical genres, and is excited to be involved in an as yet unannounced 2019 Record Store Day release.
Combining work from local artists and those around the globe, the generations gallery is based around this year’s theme of difference and similarity in our age. Photography, installation, portrait, mixed media—our art takes different forms. Several pieces in the gallery have been submitted to reflect a single artist’s vision, and they all come together to paint a bigger picture of time, unraveled while on hold.