Marion Harper

Marion Harper

In my Dream I was a human, 2022

oil on board, 120x140cm

It began in the centre of her body, 2022

Stoneware and acrylic paint, 2022

Photo: Christo Crocker

Marion Harper is a multidisciplinary artist currently working across painting, ceramics, and installation. Her work explores the connections, overlaps and entanglements that exist between human bodies, nonhuman bodies and the surrounding environment, thinking through questions of subjectivity, politics, ethics, and the human. In attempting to cross-pollinate geometric abstraction and figuration, her work engages with ideas of our bodily agency, resilience, care, and affection. 


Marion completed a BFA in Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts and has since presented individual exhibitions at Kleinerfelt Gallery, FortyFive Downstairs, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Talk Gallery, Basement Gallery, Temple Gallery as well as many group exhibitions. She has received grants from Arts Victoria and an Australia Council residency in Paris and has been shortlisted for prizes including the Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize and the Senini award for ceramics. Harper was a founding member of the Basement Gallery in Melbourne in the late 90s and has worked in various galleries and arts projects including the Melbourne International Biennial. Her works are held in the QUT Collection, the Latrobe University Collection and various private collections. She is currently undertaking an MFA (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.