The Mystery v5
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About The Artwork
In Auriea Harvey’s The Mystery [v5-dv1], sculpture exists in both the digital and physical realms. Symbolic imagery evoking concepts of Memento Mori, found in the skull (bone), a face (nature), a rose (beauty), and a braid (death). Using self-portraiture, Harvey is inserting the beginning of an African-American woman into art history, an overdue revision of the narrative.
About The Artist
Auriea Harvey creates simulations and sculptures that traverse the physical and digital realms. Having probed the depths of net art and video games, Harvey's work today directs its attention towards digital sculpture, 3D printing, and mixed reality.
Harvey's works are presented as sculptures that blend digital and handmade production. Fusing art historical references with imagination, the artist works to "making the mythological world visible through form, interaction and immersion". As half of the artist duo which over time has been known as Entropy8 Zuper!/Tale of Tales/Song of Songs, Harvey is known for pioneering works in Internet Art, video games, and XR.
Living in Rome, Harvey is a Professor of Games at Kunsthochschule Kassel. She was part of the curated Christie’s auction PROOF OF SOVEREIGNTY in 2021 and her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, SFMoMa, Lot 555 NFT Collection, and Rhizome’s Net Art Anthology. Harvey's video games and VR works have had international success, with exhibitions at the Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; the New Museum, New York, US; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, US; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant and a winner of the Independent Games Festival Nuovo Award. She is represented by bitforms gallery, NYC.