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 earning her graduate degree. Harris has proliferated both locally and globally, in solo and group shows. What makes Harris so special is her magical ability to create fantastical (yet intimately familiar) works. These works of art look like fables, and we know the characters and the landscapes.
Using a combination of photography, her own unique digital painting method, and acrylics, Harris stuns with large-format works of art that are accessible to a wide range of viewers. Harris is a trained photographer, but has recently created her own mixed media. She intentionally turned to these mixed media in order to develop an accessible intersectionality between the image-making, the space and the viewer.
Harris’ subjects and settings are developed from painstaking research, and that research can take a long time. She draws on academic research, interviews, local history and even her own family archives to ground her work. Harris has a deep desire to open space for cross-cultural dialogue, which becomes her 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.
Excerpt from Harris’ A season in the desert are photos of his works on display at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) as part of the Human nature – Highlights from the MOAH’s permanent collection. Harris simultaneously has additional exposure showing at black anatomySpartanburg Art Museum, until June 2022.
Carla Jay Harris
Museum of Art and History, Lancaster
Highlights from the MOAH’s permanent collection
May 14 – August 21, 2022
Spartanburg Art Museum
Opening February 17
On display: February 2022 – June 2022