This month’s LA Art artist spotlight is on Carla Jay Harris.
Receiving her MFA from UCLA, Carla Jay Harris has continued to grace Los Angeles with her artwork since she completed her graduate degree. Harris has proliferately shown both locally and globally, in solo exhibitions and group shows. What makes Harris so special is her magical ability to create fantastical (and yet intimately familiar) works. These art pieces feel as though they’re fables, and we’re familiar with the characters and landscapes.
Using a combination of photography, her own unique digital painting method, and acrylic, Harris stuns with large format artworks which are accessible across an array of viewers. Harris is a trained photographer, but has recently created a new mixed media of her own. She intentionally gravitated towards this mixed media in order to develop an accessible intersectionality between image-making, space, and spectatorship.
Harris’s subjects and scenery are crafted from careful research, and this research can take a lengthy period to complete. She pulls from scholarly research, interviews, local history, and even her own family archives in order to ground her work. Harris has a deep yearning to open space for cross-cultural dialogue, which becomes its own form of political and social activism. Perhaps a form of political and social activism that people are better able to engage with and synthesize.
Taken from Harris’ A Season in the Wilderness are photos of her artwork on view at the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster (MOAH) as part of the Human Natures – Highlights from MOAH’s Permanent Collection. Harris simultaneously has an additional exhibition showing at Black Anatomy, Spartanburg Art Museum, running through June 2022.
Carla Jay Harris
Museum of Art and History, Lancaster
Highlights from MOAH’s permanent collection
May 14 – August 21, 2022
Spartanburg Art Museum
Opening February 17
On view: February 2022 – June 2022