Bigindicator

Carla Jay Harris

Profile  |  Artworks  |  Exhibitions  |  Network
20151029192946-pink
Mother, 2015 Archival Pigment Print 36x36 © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192843-phototemplatecenter2
Installation © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192838-install4
Installation Detail © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192829-install16
© CarlaJayHarris
20150428024254-carla_jay_harris_inconspicuous_presence_images__2_
INCONSPICUOUS PRESENCE, 2014 Archival Pigment Print © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192934-blue2
Q, 2015 Archival Pigment Print 36x36 © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192943-erica
Erica, 2015 Archival Pigment Print 36x36 © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192936-blue3
Darnell, 2015 Archival Pigment Print 36x36 © CarlaJayHarris
20151029192950-red2
Ebont, 2015 Archival Pigment Print 36x36 © CarlaJayHarris
20140911003329-carlaharris_brian_wong_1722_24x36_photography_2012_750
20140911003330-carlaharris_joel_iglesias_0673_24x36_photography_2012_750
20140911003350-carlaharris_mary_schneider_2523_36x24_photography_2012_750
20140911003354-carlaharris_marina_grauso_1710_36x24_photography_2012_750
20140911003407-carlaharris_melody_goldbolt_1819_24x36_photography_2012_750
20140911003412-carlaharris_samantha_gable_0715_24x36_photography_2012_750
20140911003547-kristen_song_1212
20160817232924-cjh_platedetail1
20140911002747-img_4993
Quick Facts
Birth year
1987
Lives in
Los Angeles, CA
Works in
Los Angeles, CA
Schools
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2015, MFA
Statement

In my work, I document and evaluate psychological environments. I began my career in 2008 as a documentary photographer. Over the past several years, my 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 my undertakings. Each piece begins with the camera and then comes to its final form through a process of meditation, translation, and manipulation.

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

I am continually attracted to the way psychological space can transgress unwritten social laws through the manipulation of light, color, object & perspective. My 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.