Erica Harris: a touch of whimsy

Last semester, Brooklyn based artist Erica Harris paid my school a visit and gave a lovely lecture on her work and life. Harris is a rather multifaceted artist, along with creating these amazing collages that I am featuring, she is a printmaker and illustrator. Her collages evoke a sense of  whimsy with a touch of melancholy. The mixture of found imagery with painted paper and details such as hand stitching add another intriguing visual layer to Harris’s collages. Her work inspired by her travels, immediate surroundings, people, and cultures is very apparent through her direct use of found detritus; through these remnants Harris creates a new narrative and life for these discarded items.

“The history, debris, languages, and industries of my metropolis are a huge source of materials and inspiration.”

Below is a selection of Harris’s many beautiful collages from 1995 – 2013. Be sure to check out more of Erica Harris’s work on her website!

ladywithbirds

lady with birds

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tsunami

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Duncan Bight

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twins with type

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call a boy to the front

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women and string

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faith

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sleep

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ghost house

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our lady of onion skins

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winter

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child rice rain

birdsworthknowing_

birds worth knowing

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crescent lake

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