YEAR 1 Artist Focus: Carla Jay Harris

30 Oct

In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

This week’s focus is on artist, Carla Jay Harris.

Carla Jay Harris documents and evaluates psychological environments. She began her career in 2008 as a documentary photographer. Over the past several years, Harris’ work has transformed into a conceptual, fine art practice that takes the form of sculptural, print, photographic and mixed-media works. Despite these seemingly disparate forms, the camera remains the connecting thread among all of her undertakings. Each piece begins with the camera and then comes to it’s final form through a process of meditation, translation, and manipulation.

As the child of a military man, Carla spent her childhood in flux – moving every 2-3 years for the first half of her life. This pattern of transience continued into adulthood due to familial obligations, financial restrictions and indoctrinated habit. Harris’ work is made in direct response to her nomadic existence. It allows her to connect personally with permanence while providing a platform for social critique.

Carla is continually attracted to the way psychological space can transgress unwritten social laws through the manipulation of light, color, object & perspective. Her most recent bodies of work (Inconspicuous Presence/Conspicuous Absence) evaluate the physiological impact of economic environments. These projects bring into question how much our own identity & self-worth are knowingly, or unknowingly, informed by notions of/mythology regarding race, commerce, & beauty – present & past.

Carla Jay Harris received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California Los Angeles. She has received numerous professional awards including the Hoyt, Resnick, and Martha Matthias Denny Fellowships, as well as the UCLA Art Council Award among others. Her work has been exhibited nationally including group exhibitions in New York, California, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Virginia and solo exhibitions at Sonce Alexander Gallery and New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Carla lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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