We comprehend and embrace life as stories and narratives. These narratives often define our attributed roles or our own perceptions. My work moves beyond traditional narrative biography with the retracing of its relationship to the past, present & future. It creates multiple lines of possibilities through time & space. It can mimic the mind while allowing time travel or parallel worlds to exist at the same time. And the past is anything but a definite & stable history.
At this time I am working on a group of photographs that are planned and composed in advance. Through carefully selected clothing, cosmetics, props (found and handmade) and setting, I have made the narrative passages of time more tangible to the viewer. I’ve chosen the 1930s and taken photos of myself in the fashion of that time, as both the woman & the man.
While the work remains charming & sincere, the subversion often leads to something surprisingly discerning.
Joann Harrah received her B.F.A. at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2003. She was dedicated to the program, where skilled craftsmanship and vigorous art theory was emphasized. She received The Hazel Haynes Schmitkons Scholarship for Excellence in Painting, and shortly after C.I.A. her work was included in a show at M% Gallery. Harrah went on to Queens College for her M.F.A. She studied there with several professors who are associated with the feminist art movement, and completed her degree with the highest academic score in the program. In 2008 she had a solo exhibition at the Mooney Center Gallery. She has exhibited widely in New York and the United States. Harrah has maintained her studio in Greenpoint Brooklyn since 2006. Her work may be viewed online at www.joannharrah.com.