Spellerberg Projects

Emeri Warren Harris, Social death and the reclamation of the body

Sep 9–Oct 7, 2023

Gallery hours
Saturday, September 16, 11am-3pm
Saturday, September 23, 11am-3pm
Saturday, September 30, 11am-3pm
Friday, October 6, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, October  7, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

The contemporary art world and life in general has led me to beautiful, and interesting places in my life. Most of my work up to this point has approached Existentialism. For a while now I have moved towards analyzing the monstrous idea of racism and philosophical ideas within Black existentialism.

How I work with this is through the creation of surreal objects with an analytical approach. I use a wide variety of mediums to tackle the subject matter of racism. Mainly, its effects on the Black community and other people of color. This includes the intersections with other issues within western society.

Through research and experiments, I will continue to explore ideas of how to dismantle racism. But I want to explore the effects of social death and its effect it has on the Black community at large. I want to know what that means for BIPOC people that are treated in this way in an already regressing nation. Most of all, how we fight/ and or reclaim our own bodies, Physically and existentially.

About the Artist

Emeri Warren Harris is a local interdisciplinary artist that attended the University of Texas in San Antonio and graduated in the fall of 2018. Emeri was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. They are 29 years old and works in various mediums. Painting, soft sculpture and performance.

Emeri Warren Harris started their artistic career back in 2012 when Emeri went to Mississippi Delta Community College. During that time, they were gaining college credit. Then they moved back to San Antonio for school at University of Texas in San Antonio. While going there, Emeri studied art for 4 years. Throughout the years, they have discovered their voice in their work and have improved their skills and sense of self.

Currently in 2022 Emeri is exploring ideas in Black Existence and tackling Racism against BIPOC. They have been in a few local exhibitions around San Antonio. Black Sheep Exhibition, Upstairs Studio, and Blue Star Red Dot Event 2020 and 2021. They also participated in CAM breakout series in 2022 as well.