11 x 8.5 inches
repurposed textiles (cotton, silk, linen), mulberry paper,
collaged and stitched with perle cotton thread
This piece is from a series of works that pay homage to the traditions of the beginnings of jazz.
Carole Harris is a fiber artist living and maintaining a studio practice in Detroit. Her work has redefined and subverted the basic concepts of quilting by extending the boundaries of traditional quilting through inclusion of other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textures, materials, and objects. Captivated by the interplay of hue, pattern, and texture, she often draws inspiration from the color, energy, and rhythms of ethnographic textiles that she collects, as well as the music of and changing rhythms and history of her environment.
Harris’ work has been exhibited extensively nationally and worldwide, including recent solo shows at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City and The Grand Rapids Art Museum (both in Michigan), as well as Sargents Daughters Gallery (New York City), Hill Gallery (Birmingham, MI), and Simone DeSousa Gallery (Detroit). In 2015, she was awarded a visual arts fellowship by The Kresge Foundation.