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Carla Jay Harris at Luis De Jesus

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In each of Carla Jay Harris’ photographic collages at Luis De Jesus in the Arts District, the artist drops us into an allegorical narrative that is frozen in time. In each, figures commune with each other in ethereal landscapes which layer washy color over mountain peaks and rock formations to imbue them a  celestial atmosphere. Though based on photographs, Harris collages texture and pattern over her figures and landscapes, adding painterly gravitas to her scenes. 

Many of the tableaus feel ceremonial, like the processional in “Of the Wind,” in which a woman marches forward, her long scarf cinematically trailing behind her and shrouding the men that follow behind. In many of the photographs, figures are shown supporting one another; some feel weighed down and tired, while others embody strength and poise, perhaps leading the way towards rest and safety. 

This particular body of work was created largely in response to the pandemic and social unrest. In this light, Harris’ narratives become stories of resilience, family, support, and community in which communal support becomes a spiritual act.

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Photo: Carla Jay Harris, “Of the Wind,” 2021, hand embellished pigment print mounted on Dibond, Edition of 2, 44 x 57.75 inches. © Carla Jay Harris. Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

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