"My images are staged formats which visualize an interior, and somewhat irrational space filled with vaporous illusions of second-hand shop bric-a-brac and other paraphernalia. Fragments of dreams and waking reality clash melodramatically within the rectangle. These images are symbolic of some memory, some experience deep within the subconscious that marks the journey: a journey which continues to be propelled by study in many areas: dreams, Jungian psychology, world mythology/fairytales, art history, botany, entomology, and consumer culture.
"My images are entirely about states of mind. The content is often personal as they unveil the inner workings of my own mind. Through a free association of objects, I attempt to explore the connecting relationships between internal and external forces, hoping to push beyond the limited concept of "self." References to dreams, the natural world, art history, and myths often exist simultaneously.
"My images are transparent fictions which can be read as debased mythologies, anthropomorphic attempts at psychoanalysis, and by-products of dreaming.In the print, “Genesis,” for instance, a lithograph of pomegranates and a red and gold target are juxtaposed with a collotype of an antique perfume bottle that is reminiscent of a womb to remind viewers of the female role in the act of creation."
Harms has enjoyed drawing since childhood. Encouraged by her mother in her young adult years, she worked in advertising as an illustrator for 10 years following high school.
Once her two sons were in elementary school, she continued her education at University of Texas, San Antonio, earning a BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking.
Harms went on to join the Paper and Book Arts Department at the Southwest School of Art where she was supplied with scholarships to study papermaking and bookbinding, and taught book arts from 2001-2012. In 2010, she returned to UTSA to teach, before retiring in 2016.