In Pursuit of Beauty: My Mother’s Fur Coat

Image: c/o Express Newark

Shine Portrait Studio

The “closet” in the American-English vernacular has long been a metaphor used to describe the psychological parts of ourselves that are kept most private, or hidden from public view. As an expression, it points to the zone of our secrets, or the site of our deepest vulnerabilities. The work shown In Pursuit of Beauty explores these innermost aspects of ourselves, symbolized through closet space, and how we perform our identities based on how we desire to image ourselves to the world. We sat down with Deborah Harvest and asked her the meaning behind her coat.