Born in West Marin, CA.

Lives and works in Astoria, OR.



University of California at Berkeley, BA Practice of Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Performance


PUBLIC FEELINGS Commend Gallery (New York, NY)

(untitled performance as Grouper) VIVID Festival, Sydney Opera House (Sydney, AUS)


HYPNOSIS DISPLAY Presented as part of the Sound and Vision series, Barbican (London, UK)


NIVHEK "After Its Own Death" with Marcel Weber, Aurora Cinema (Murmansk RU), Unsound (Krakow PL), Barbican (London UK); part of the Unsound Dislocation series and co-commissioned with Goethe-Institut and The Barbican, London


Untitled (Lents Mural), 92nd and Foster (Portland OR)

IDEA OF A DOOR Portland Museum of Modern Art (Portland OR)

Repeating Pattern15 (version) mural, The Lumberyard (Marfa TX)


HYPNOSIS DISPLAY (US Premier) at TBA Festival (Portland OR)

HYPNOSIS DISPLAY (UK Premier; upcoming performance/commission) Soundtrack/film collaboration with film maker Paul Clipson commissioned by Leeds Opera North; will perform in selected locations across the UK (Various UK)


Untitled (mural), Thread (Portland OR)

Untitled (mural), The Cube (Bristol UK)


Violet Replacement, La Gaîté lyrique (Paris FR)


PART, TBA Festival (Portland OR)

Repeating Patterns, Nationale (Portland OR)


Sleeping Together, SF Art Institute (talk and performance) (San Francisco US)

Sleep, Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley US)

Tourmeline, video/sound, Issue Project Room (New York US)

Divide: Selected works, Mississippi Records (Portland OR)

Divide, Partisan Gallery (San Francisco CA)


(untitled performance/interview) “Women Hold Up Half The Sky” live radio performance KALX (Berkeley US)

Vessel FP (Portland OR)


Wind Inside, Motel Gallery (Portland OR)


Island Getaway, Buzz Gallery (Oakland CA)


Eisner Film Prize Video Screening, Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley CA)

Behold, White Room Gallery (Berkeley CA)

Selected Group Exhibitions


Water Line Anita (Astoria, OR)

REQUIEM TBA Festival (Portland, OR)


DOUBLE OBJECT, with Paul Clipson, LAND AND SEA (Oakland CA)


RPS X, RPS (Oakland CA)

Artifacts of…, Craft and Folk Art museum (Los Angeles CA)

Making a Mark: Drawing in Oregon, The Arts Center (Corvallis OR)

OURS, Anchor Art Space (Anacortes WA)


Elemental Forces, Disjecta (Portland OR)

Circular Veil, Transmediale Festival, HAU 2 (Berlin DE)


PART, TBA Festival (Portland OR)


A LABRAT MATINEE 8: pupils dilate, Cinefamily Theatre (Los Angeles CA)

Field, May 2010, Branx Gallery (Portland OR)


Fake Your Own Death, Stumptown Downtown (Portland OR)


Insane Terrain, RPS Gallery (Oakland CA)


Nikki!: A visual study of narcissism in art, Lobot Gallery (Oakland CA)

Habitat, Gallery 500 (Portland OR)

Collective Collectives, RPS Gallery (Oakland CA)


Show Print, Liminal Gallery (Oakland CA)

KS6 art show, The Lab (San Francisco CA)

Curate this!, Richmond Art Center (Richmond CA)

X girl 10th Anniversary (Tokyo Japan)

All the Best, 37 Vestry St (New York NY)


Kitty Klub, Worth Ryder Gallery (Berkeley CA)



Grant - Precipice Grant

Grant - Ford Family Foundation for Visual Artists

Mural commission - RACC mural commission for the "Under the Decks" project, 'Folding', Hawthorne Bridge (Portland, OR)

Residency/Music Comission - Awarded a residency and commission to collaborate on new music compositions with Roy Montgomery at the art center Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels, BE.


Artist's Residency- Awarded a residency in the Azores to work on new art/music.

Residency/Music Comission - Awarded a residency in Murmansk with filmmaker and photographer Marcel Weber; completed a new music project under the name NIVHEK called "After Its Own Death", an exploration of landscape, nostalgia and isolation via image and sound; part of the Unsound Dislocation series and co-commissioned with Goethe-Institut and The Barbican, London. Presented in Murmansk, Krakow and London.


Residency/Music Comission - Awarded a residency in Marfa, TX to work with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma on music, and with Robert Arber, master printmaker, on an edition.


Mural Commission- Commissioned by the Lents Neighborhood Business Association to complete a 100 x 38 ft mural in Portland in Summer of 2015; supported by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and Portland Development Commission.

Mural Commission/Artist's Residency- commissioned to complete a mural and perform music in Spring of 2015 in Marfa, TX by Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer.


Music Commission - Commissioned by Leeds Opera North to collaborate with film-maker Paul Clipson on a 75 minute film and soundtrack entitled Hypnosis Display to be performed live during the Summer of 2014 in the UK. This film went on to tour Australia, Europe, and much of the US through 2017 each screening featuring live projection and performance of the film score, until it’s last screening, presented by the Barbican in 2018 after the death of collaborator Paul Clipson.

Artist’s Residency- Awarded a July residency with Signal Fire to take part in a wilderness field recording excursion in the Wallowa Mountains, WA.

Artist’s Residency- Awarded a November residency with the Ucross Foundation to spend the month composing and recording new piano material, and taking field recordings in Ucross, WY.


Artist’s Residency- Awarded a residency at the Ming Studio in Boise, Idaho. Spent a week silk-screening repeating patterns on fabric.

Mural Commission- Proposal selected for a city-funded mural commission in the Lents neighborhood in Portland, OR.

Artist’s Residency- Awarded a residency to complete a mural and perform music at The Cube in Bristol, UK.


Artist’s Residency- Awarded a residency through the Brisbane Arts Council/Room 40 organization to spend several weeks in the Bunya Mountains working on art/music, and perform a tape collage piece in the city of Brisbane, Australia.

Artist’s Residency- Awarded a residency through the Berkeley Art Museum and Lawrence Rinder to perform music from Circular Veil (music designed for people to sleep to), and work on drawing/a new book on a piece of property in Ukiah, CA.

Sundance Film Festival Selection: New Frontier- Sound-track/sound-design for the film Perception of Moving Targets dir. by Weston Currie.

Sundance Film Festival Selection: New Frontier- Contribution to sound-track/sound-design for the film Bear 71, a documentary funded by the National Film Board of Canada; by Leanne Allison and Jeremy Mendes.


Artist’s Residency- Awarded a residency to create a series of drawings, and work on piano compositions in Aljezur, coordinated by Galeria ze dos Bois (ZDB); a resulting record and book of prints will be produced from work created during this time.


Artist’s Grant- Awarded an artist’s grant to compose and perform the first installment of a tape collage series, Ascent/Descent, at Issue Project Room in New York, NY.

Residency/Artist’s Grant- Awarded a residency in Marfa, TX to compose, record and release a piece of music through funding from the Ballroom Marfa Foundation.

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award- Nomination for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Award—Was one of twenty anonymously nominated candidates invited to participate in this competition for the opportunity to work with mentor Brian Eno for one year on a project of the candidate’s proposal.


Chancellor’s Award for Excellence- Chancellors Award for Excellence in the Field of Practice of Art.

Eisner Film Prize- One of three finalists for the Eizner Film Prize in Video Art.



Harris, Liz "Return to the source: Grouper's favourite art about the sea" The Wire, September 2021.

Segal, Dave "Pacific Ocean Blue" The Wire, issue 451, September 2021.


Ratliff, Ben. "Grouper's Liz Harris Explains the Art of the Paradox and the Beauty of Mistakes" Pitchfork, April 2018.


"DOUBLE OBJECT" journal images by myself and Paul Clipson, coinciding with DOUBLE OBJECT show, LAND AND SEA, Spring 2017.

Fourteen Hills, images from DOUBLE OBJECT show featured, Summer 2017.


Cooper, Anneliese. "Q&A: Liz Harris’s New Mural at Ballroom Marfa" Art Info, March 2015.


Harris, Liz “Inner Sleeve: The Dead C - Hell is Now Love/Bone,” The Wire, Issue 364, June 2014.

Harris, Liz. Interview with April Baer. State of Wonder. OregonPublic Broadcasting, February 2014.

Meyer, Bill. “Kranky Twenty,” The Wire, Issue 360, February 2014.


Richardson, Mark. “Grouper: The Man Who Died in His Boat,” Pitchfork, February 2013. Hockley-Smith, Sam. “Freak Scene: Grouper and Music as Texture,” The Fader, February 2013.


Gibb, Rory. “Through the Looking Glass: An Interview with Grouper,” The Quietus, April 2012.

Keenan, David. “Imprints of Greatness,” The Wire, Issue Rewind 2012, December 2012.

“Dead Silence,”image of Untitled 2 featured in this book, October 2012.

Mirrorring. “Foreign Body,” image of Repeating Patterns 8 featured on this music release, KRANK162, March 2012.

Yeti Magazine, image of “Repeating Patterns 12” featured on the cover, Issue 11, Winter/Spring 2012.

Bravo, Amber. “Dream Team: Weston Currie and Grouper Collaborate on a Film,” The Fader, Issue 77, Dec/Jan 2011/12.


The Wire, limited edition t-shirt of the image Repeating Pattern 6, featured in Issue 329, July 2011.

Richardson, Nick. “Grouper,” The Wire, Issue 334, December 2011.


"Ambient Music ((Part II)) 1960 – 2010," featured in this book about ambient music, Studio Voice Books/Infas Books, 2010.


Divide, book of drawings, includes DVD of original art entitled Mirrorhall I, Root Strata, 2010.

Starr, Aelfie. “Liz Harris,” She Wolf, 2005.


Toro Yasumura. “Quiz! Illustrator : Liz Harris,” Pretty Style Magazine, December 2004.

“Liz Harris,” Relax Magazine, December 2004.


Onishi, Sen. “Hi-Art,” The Daily Californian, November 2002.

Liz Harris–2021