Mortality fascinates Harris due to her death during birth, and the Erbs Palsy she was left with created her love of the abnormal. Harris's artwork challenges the fear that our disappearance after life is inevitable and that the cycle of death is entirely out of our control.
We die, we decay, we disappear.
With her preservation of creatures she stops these beings from reaching decay and moves them on to a second cycle after the life cycle is complete - one as a living creature, and then one as an art object. Her use of antique materials aims to give a second life in the same way. The idea that an essence of the deceased/disused can be captured and moved on to a second existence. An artistic rebirth. During the process of Harris's art she is resurrecting them in to this new era.
Reuse. Recycle. Resurrect.
Small personal details also immerge from the pieces. Such as the detached arms representing her partial paralysis of the right arm caused by nerves ripped from the spine, the clock in 'Inlfux: The non-stop, dayless, nightless life of the hospital' being set at the time of her still birth, and the titles being quotes from a friends diary written while her mother was dying of cancer.
Antique/vintage doll parts & clothes, mummified birds hearts, bird bones, moths, butterlfies, mealworms, human hair, antique mud-larked porcelain, antique watch parts, clay, victorian display domes, mummified frogs eyes, antique bible, dried flowers.