Alice Harry (b. 1992) is an artist and writer from Liverpool, living in London, dreaming of the South of France.
Alice Harry works across performance, installation and audio with a focus on text and writing to explore both the possibilities and restrictions embedded within manifestations of language. In championing the potential of the disjointed, choral, colloquial and multi-plural approach to reading and speaking, she/they lean in and out of various voices as a deliberately queer act of resistance.
Her/Their written works are often pieced together from scraps of overheard conversations and advertising jargon which creates a humorous, absurd 'vernacular philosophy'. This causes the writing to feel simultaneously familiar and strange, precarious and yet held - somewhere teetering on the verge of collapse. The physical presence of the work mirrors this tension in its perverse approach to material. An abandoned stage set or classroom appears, one that is recognisable but removed from its original function and lingers with a nostalgia for what has been or a potential for what might now occur - the 'not here yet'. The work is embedded with capitalist desires, gendered rituals and an obsession with commercial 'things'. All of which appear within the work as totems of self-survival, ways to understand an implicated self, an attempt to arrive, an attempt to get close to - an attempt to become by unbecoming.