Eliciting desire. What is it? Who creates it?
Part of eco-centric art, aka neo-materialism, and inspired by her diamantaire (diamond cutter) grandfather, S. P. Harper paints and constructs abstract geometrics using reclaimed materials, synthesizing historical and contemporary styles by mixing the classical tradition of still-life painting with modernism. Through reforming and re-employing materials, the work reduces, reuses and up-cycles. Background recycled patterns disappear behind opaque paint rendering and reappear through transparent washes. Local remodeling construction sites are scoured collecting supplies for 3D sculpture. Eternal flames emerge in the facets of jewels which reflect and transfix.
Gods of fire have made their appearances in cultures throughout history. They have been chosen to represent painted gems. Using diverse media such as discarded wallpaper, door hinge, music manuscript, franked postage stamp, curtain, newspaper, tablecloth, lath and plaster, what begins as refuse is repurposed by transforming base materials into noble objects. Focusing on the intersection of rummage flotsam and object d’art, showing how materials change from valuable to worthless and back to valuable again, this painting and sculpture explore layers and levels of reality. What begins as a bit of refuse is repurposed to acquire consideration, and therefore desirable.