TAC Talk: Ronna S. Harris
Realism and Abstract Expression: A State of Controlled Chaos
Ronna S. Harris is head of painting and drawing at Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University in New Orleans. She is an inspired artist and teacher whose career spans more than thirty years from the east coast to the west coast. Her works are in oils and soft pastels, playing with the light and its effect on color. However, her paintings communicate a state of controlled chaos as she combines two divergent forces and approaches: realism and abstract expression. With a proficient handling of light, a mastery of images, and a skillful mark-making method, Harris’ paintings confer an illusion of reality to something that’s not real. The end result is a space between magic and illusion rooted in the American Realist tradition. Her philosophy is that art is magic, and the magic is illusion.
Ronna S. Harris has had numerous one-person exhibitions throughout the United States, focusing primarily in the southeastern region. She has had her artwork included in seven publications and was featured for the month of January in the White House Bicentennial Celebration: Part Two: Commemorative White House Calendar.
Before Harris’ talk, you are invited to visit Inside Looking Out/Outside Looking In: Paintings by Ronna S. Harris, exhibited at BRAHM 3.25.17 to 7.23.17.