Diane Harper:
Calling Home

Focus Gallery | January 19 – February 19, 2021

“Calling Home” by artist and alumni Diane Page Harper is a collection of mixed media collage that explore ideas of weighted memories and the emotional imprint
of culture and personal history. The exhibition will be on display at the Windgate Center of Art + Design during university business hours January 19th – February
19. Due to COVID 19, there will NOT be an opening reception.

Artist Statement:
I long for connection to the past, to the military communities and family that raised me. What most see as cultural detritus from the 1960’s and 70’s, I see as
potential anchors to the images I’m building of my memories. those anchors, combined with an extensive archive of family photographs, help me to heal the
homesickness I feel but that I never seem to cure. All of the bits of memories, the images, the sounds, the smells, find their way to me from time to time, made all
the more vibrant and real when I dig through and combine them in an attempt to reconcile my own fractured past.

Biography:
Diane Harper is a mixed media collage artist whose work explores ideas of weighted memories and the emotional imprint of culture and personal history.
Trained as a medical social worker, Diane returned to UA Little Rock to earn her studio art degree. She finds meaning in helping others connect with their most
creative selves by teaching through her studio and other venues, as a current faculty member of the Museum School of the Arkansas Art Center, and
previously as an adjunct instructor at Henderson State University. Diane is the 2020 – 2022 Artist in Residence for the Museum of the American Military Family
in New Mexico.

Contact:
Joli Livaudais
jklivaudais@ualr.edu

Diane Page Harper
pagespals@yahoo.com

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Artwork

Library Left Behind

Mixed media collage with discarded
books, paper, artist crayon, acrylic
paint, graphite on canvas board
mounted on wood inset frame
8” x 8” image size, 12” x 12” mountedleaf

Suffer to be Pretty

Mixed media collage with discarded
books, paper, artist crayon, ink,
graphite, acrylic paint on paper
12” x 12” image size, 20” x 20” framed

See the World on the Government Dime

Mixed media collage with discarded
books, paper, artist crayon, acrylic
paint, colored pencil, graphite on
canvas board
8” x 8” image size, 12” x 12” mounted

Count Backwards from 100

Mixed media collage with discarded
books & magazines, acrylic paint,
fabric, paper, artist crayon, graphite,
sewing pattern, colored pencil, ink on
mounted mat board
3’ x 5’ (approx)

First, Do No Harm

Mixed Media collage with discarded
books & magazines, acrylic paint,
fabric, paper, artist crayon, graphite,
sewing pattern, colored pencil, ink on board
24” x 48” diptych total size